Stephen Fry: My Unwelcome, Unexpected Adventure with Aggressive Prostate Cancer

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Stephen Fry: My Unwelcome, Unexpected Adventure with Aggressive Prostate Cancer


Byline: Faye White Showbusiness Reporter

HE has been open about his struggles with mental illness, appearing before the camera to talk about his diagnosis with bipolar disorder.

Now Stephen Fry has made another emotional confession to his fans - he has secretly been battling prostate cancer.

The actor, 60, posted a heartfelt video online yesterday in which he told how he had been diagnosed with the disease after he went to his GP for a simple flu jab.

And he revealed that last month he had surgery to remove his prostate.

He admitted it had taken him some time to come to terms with his diagnosis, having always felt 'cancer is something that happens to other people'. Sharing the emotional video on social media, he wrote: 'For the last two months I've been in the throes of a rather unwelcome and unexpected adventure.

'I'm sorry I haven't felt able to talk about it till now but here I am explaining what has been going on.' In the emotional 13-minute clip, posted on his website, he said: 'Cancer in the end is a word that just rings in your head. Cancer, I've got cancer.

'I went around saying to myself, "I've got cancer. Good heavens, Stephen, you're not the sort of person who gets cancer." I know it's an old cliche but you don't think it's going to happen to you, cancer is something that happens to other people'. The cancer was discovered when Fry went to get a flu jab and his doctor suggested a general check-up during the same visit.

The doctor contacted Fry the next day to voice concern about his Prostate-Specific a ntigen levels. PSA is a protein produced by prostate cells. It is normal to have a small amount of PSA in the blood and for this to rise as men get older, but a raised level may be a sign of cancer. A normal PSA level is anything under four nanograms per millilitre of blood, and Fry said that as his levels were just under five nanograms he 'wasn't too concerned'.

He said: [My GP] said, "Maybe you should consider an MRI", which seemed to be taking a sledgehammer to a peanut, but I said OK just to keep him happy and myself happy.' But his doctor later called to say that 'something rather mischievous' had appeared. Fry was referred to a urology specialist and had abiopsy that revealed the cancer.

The disease, which he described as an 'aggressive little b*****', had started to spread to the nearby lymph nodes in his groin area - lead-ing doctors to operate and remove his prostate and 11 lymph nodes. …

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