London - Sir Ian McKellen has been battling prostate cancer for nearly "six or seven years".
73-year-old star often fears it "could be the end of the road" when
he goes for a HIV test, but he now lives happily with the potentially
"You do gulp when you
hear the news. It's like when you go for an HIV test, you go 'arghhh is
this the end of the road?' They say you have cancer of the prostate and
then that you can have it zapped," he recently told The Daily Mirror newspaper.
"You can have it snipped but you are not a candidate for that. You are waitful watching."
'It's no big deal'
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey actor - who portrays Gandalf the Grey
in the film series - revealed his is yet to receive any treatment for
prostate cancer and insists it is "no big deal'.
"I've had it for six or seven years, when you have got it
you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn't spread," he explained.
"But if it is contained in the prostate it's no big deal. Many, many men die from it but it's one of the cancers that is totally treatable so I have 'waitful watching'.
"I am examined regularly and it's just contained, it's not spreading. I've not had any treatment."
'You keep being tested'
also suffering from a cataract and hearing problems, Ian - who realised
there was something wrong when he kept going to the toilet in the
middle of the night - insists he is "absolutely fine" even though
doctors are "concerned" about the cancer spreading.
added to the newspaper: "You are told what the situation
is: you can have an operation but there is no point me having an
operation because there is no need for it.
concerned about the cancer spreading outside the prostate. If it doesn't
you are fine. How do you know if it is spreading? You keep being
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