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
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
Drake surprised Rihanna with a billboard following the news that RiRi will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Read More »
Watch this video of Steven Seagal awkwardly eating green-fingered Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s carrots. Read More »
Then and Now.
New solo project.
Still to drop in 2016.
New album details.
6 of the best.
Local music videos.
Acts to watch in 2016.
South AfricaCity Press
Cape TownCity Press
HousesR 1 280 000
HousesR 6 900 000
HousesR 3 950 000