Jurassic Park Star Sam Neill Reveals Battle With Stage 3 Blood Cancer
Sam Neill, famed for his appearances in “Jurassic Park” and “Peaky Blinders,” disclosed that he is undergoing treatment for stage 3 blood cancer.
The “Jurassic Park” star, 75, who writes about his journey with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma in his upcoming memoir Did I Ever Tell You This?, told The Guardian he’s “just pleased to be alive.” He has a rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and has to undergo chemotherapy once a month, likely for the rest of his life.
Neill was diagnosed with Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, following the discovery of enlarged glands during promotions for Jurassic World: Dominion. Since then, he has been enduring chemotherapy.
“I found myself with nothing to do,” he recalled. “And I’m used to working. I love working. I love going to work. I love being with people every day and enjoying human company and friendship and all these things. And suddenly I was deprived of that. And I thought, ‘what am I going to do?’ “
“I never had any intention to write a book. But as I went on and kept writing, I realized it was actually sort of giving me a reason to live and I would go to bed thinking, ‘I’ll write about that tomorrow … that will entertain me.’ And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know,” Neill added.
Neill noted that the book is not about his cancer, but the diagnosis does serve as a “spiral thread” throughout. “The thing is, I’m crook. Possibly dying. I may have to speed this up,” he writes in the first chapter, according to The Guardian.
Sam Neill is a New Zealand-born actor whose work in the film “The Piano” earned him international renown. Other prominent films in which he has starred include “Jurassic Park,” “The Hunt for Red October,” and “Thor: Ragnarok.” Neill has appeared on television shows such as “Peaky Blinders” and “Alcatraz” in addition to his film career.
Sam Neill’s disclosure of his cancer diagnosis shines focus on the significance of early detection and treatment. It also emphasises the necessity for continuous research into viable cancer treatments.
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Source – Tru News Report