Stephen Fry diagnosed with prostate cancer

Stephen Fry, 60, has announced that he has prostate cancer.

The UK host and actor underwent an operation in January to have his prostate and 11 lymph nodes removed. He said he discovered he had cancer after an MRI scan.

Fry shared a video via Twitter, writing: “For the last 2 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 very personal 13-minute video, he describes the cancer as an “aggressive little bugger” and details his “undignified” surgery.

“So far as we know, it’s all been got. Are there greater chances of me getting other cancers now? Apparently not … But I won’t know for sure until I get my PSA levels checked. They should be zero now because I have no prostate.

“But if there’s anything left on the bed of the prostate where they’ve taken it out, it may have spread and I’ll have to get radiotherapy and the whole damn thing will start again. But for the moment I’m fit and well and happy.”

Source: The Guardian


  1. “I’m sorry I haven’t felt able to talk about it till now”. The average male doesn’t want to talk about it. And therein lies the problem. No six-monthly PSA blood tests Stephen? It’s really not “aggressive”, quite the opposite – if it is diagnosed early. There’s nothing “undignified” about it, just as there’s nothing ” undignified” about breast cancer. Prostate cancer doesn’t mean there’s an increased chance in getting some other type of cancer. Need to get to the “5/95” marker. No relapse by 5 years = 95% chance of no relapse. I passed that, thankfully. Diagnosed early thanks to an excellent doctor believing “borderline” PSA levels = a biopsy just to be sure. There are no symptoms. Digital rectal exam is no longer done. Proves nothing. Simple blood test now. Good luck Stephen. If detected early expect a good outcome. Ask Chris Reason (Seven).

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