Broadcaster James Whale is battling cancer of the brain, spine, kidney, and lungs, after revealing his diagnosis over the weekend – and has said he considered euthanasia.
The legendary radio host revealed last night he has been diagnosed with cancer in four major parts of his body, 20 years after having one of his kidneys removed because of a tumour.
James told The Sun: ‘This little b** has spread. It’s in my remaining kidney. I’ve got a couple of small lesions in my lungs. I’ve got it in my spine. I’ve got it in my brain.’
The 69-year-old – who also lost his beloved wife, Melinda, to lung cancer two years ago – received his devastating diagnosis two weeks ago, and has vowed to fight the disease so he can return to his radio show.
He said he was prompted to see a doctor when he began to forget names on air while presenting his nightly talkRADIO show, and after blood tests showed he had low sodium levels, he was referred to a haematologist, who delivered the news.
Recalling his diagnosis on Sunday, he figured he’d simply ‘have to do treatment all over again’ before he was told that, sadly, the cancer had spread further than his kidneys, and that he had small lesions in his brain and lung, in his spine, and in the pituitary gland.
James admitted his first reaction was to consider euthanasia, and even planned a trip to Swiss non-profit Dignitas, which provides help with assisted suicide.
The Celebrity Big Brother star added: ‘I came home, had a little think about things. I decided I’m just booking myself a trip to Dignitas. You might as well just go and get it over with.
‘I’d looked into it quite some time ago because Melinda died two years ago and it’s been something in the back of my mind.’
The broadcaster was eventually convinced by his son, James, to seek help from the charity Kidney Cancer UK, which he set up after his first battle with the disease in 2000.
He had assistant finding a doctor who would treat his cancer and is now on immunotherapy and hormone replacement treatment, which he’s hoping will eventually eradicate his tumours.
James now insists he has ‘no intention of dying’ just yet, and is confident he’ll make it to 80, as he said: ‘Have no doubt, it’s a shock and you’ll sit in a corner on your own and you’ll cry. I do quite a bit now on my own. But I have no intention of dying right at this particular moment. I’ve got a few more programmes in me that I need to do, including more TV.
‘I am pretty strong. I’m determined not to allow this to really undermine me. I’m coming up to being the oldest working man on British radio and I have continually been on air since I was 24.
‘Next year I’m 70, so if I live another 10 years, I’d be quite happy.’
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