Michael Parkinson battles prostate cancer

Michael Parkinson for Parkinson ITVChat show host Michael Parkinson is battling prostate cancer he’s revealed. The 78-year-old, who currently hosts Parkinson: Masterclass for Sky Arts, is undergoing radiotherapy to combat the disease.

It was a great shock, but I have been told to expect to make a full recovery. I had to start calling a few of my social engagements to tell them I couldn’t do it – what do you say to them?

When you are told you have something like cancer, it is a shock. But the cancer specialist said: ‘I will assure you, you will not die of this. I am concerned about it, of course, but I am not frightened of it.  – RTÉ Entertainment report the host told the Press Association.

Reports today state the journalist and interviewer was told the diagnosis in May this year following a general health check-up. Parkinson, who stars in a life insurance television campaign, is urging men to keep a check on their health.

The test is if you can pee against a wall from 2ft, you haven’t got it. I don’t want to trivialise it, but men know when there’s a problem . . . Get it checked out.

Michael will undergo five sessions of radiotherapy a week, and he had plenty of praise for the medical staff treating him.

You just sit and look at them in wonder. They do the most extraordinary things, and I am very grateful. I’m 78 and I have had a good life. When you get involved in this, you begin to understand the extraordinary work of those involved in treating cancer.

Parkinson started his television career with ITV’s Granada in Manchester and Leeds, however is best known for his BBC One, and latterly ITV, chat show Parkinson which ran, on and off, from 1971 until 2007. He also has hosted a talk show for Yorkshire Television and was one of the founding members and presenters of ITV breakfast network TV-am.

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