Sam Neill assures fans that he is “alive and well” and in remission after news of his cancer
Sam Neill reassured fans on Saturday that he was “alive and well” and in remission after revealing in a BBC interview on Friday that he had been He is undergoing cancer treatment Since I was diagnosed with stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma a year ago.
“My news seems to be all over the news right now, and it’s kind of like ‘Cancer! cancer! cancer! A little stressful, as you can see, I’m alive and well,” the “Jurassic Park” star said in a lengthy video on his Instagram account on Saturday.
“I’m alive and kicking, and I’m going to work,” added the actor, who was dressed in a white T-shirt and full beard. In his interview with the BBC, the 75-year-old revealed that he had lost his hair during treatment and wanted his beard back “more than anything”.
The “Tudors” actor said he’s “very happy to be back at work,” explaining that in a week he’ll start shooting a movie called “Apples Never Fall” with Annette Bening.
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Referring to the cancer, Neil said, “I wish the title wasn’t ‘This Thing’ so much, because the main thing is that I wrote this book. It’s titled ‘Have I Told You This Before?'” And he mentions cancer because that’s the kind of context in which I wrote it.
“But I didn’t really mean to write a book. I needed something to do while I was in therapy, and I’m used to going to work, and all of a sudden I couldn’t go to work. That’s why I wrote the book, and I have to say there’s been a huge response to that. People seem to love it.” And that’s wonderful.”
He added that he was “nervous” about writing the book because he is a first-time writer, but added that reflecting on his career was “fun,” adding that “the tone of the book is surprising. I never thought I’d have a career as an actor, let alone an actor on screen.”
“I’m so grateful looking at this life, and that’s what the book is about. And let’s not worry so much about ‘all of it’ because I’m fine. OK!”
In his interview with the BBC, Neil referred to cancer He described him as “fierce” and said at the time of his diagnosis that he thought he might be “dying”.
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During a press tour for “Dominion Jurassic World” Last year, the actor noticed that the glands in his neck were not feeling well. After hearing about his diagnosis from the doctors, Neal said his response was staunch, but led him to “take things into account,” and he began writing his diary to “distract” himself.
He joked that he suspected his publishers wanted him to “rush” the book in case he “kicked it in the bucket” before it was released.
He also reassures him that while his book discusses cancer, that is not the subject of the book because he “can’t stand cancer books.”
at Mayo Clinic, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma It is “a type of cancer that begins in the lymphatic system, a part of the immune system that fights off germs in the body. Advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have helped improve the prognosis for people with this disease.”
In an interview with The Guardian, the 75-year-old said he is not afraid of death but would like to have two more decades of life if he could.
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“We have built all these beautiful terraces, we have these olive trees and these cypress trees, and I want to be around to see everything ripening,” he said. “And I have my beautiful little grandchildren. I want to see them grow up.”
Fox News’ Janelle Ash contributed to this report.