Stephen Fry recovering from cancer op


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Media captionStephen Fry: “It’s a bit of a business having an operation like that”

Stephen Fry is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and said “it all seemed to go pretty well”.

The broadcaster, who had his operation in early January, said on his website: “They took the prostate out, ” adding: “So far as we know it’s all been got.”

He said it was an “aggressive” cancer but it “doesn’t seem” to have spread.

The former QI host added: “For the moment I’m fit and well and happy and I just wanted to let you know because gossips had started to swirl.”

In the video on his site, he said: “You have to recover and that’s what I’ve been doing.”

He said his family and “my darling, darling husband” Elliott Spencer had been “just marvellous”.

“Here’s hoping I’ve got another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that’s a marvellous thing to be able to say, and I’d rather it didn’t go away, ” he added.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fry stepped down as Baftas host last month

His condition was given a Gleason Score – a scale used to rate the aggressiveness of prostate cancer – of nine out of 10 before the operation, in which surgeons removed 11 lymph nodes.

“I know it’s an old cliche but you don’t think it’s going to happen to you.”

He recommended humen to get their PSA[ prostate specific antigen] levels checked with a doctor.

“I generally felt my life was saved by this early intervention, so I would exhort any of you men of a certain age to get your PSA levels checked, ” he said.

NHS Choices says there are pros and cons of having the test, which can be unreliable and cause unnecessary worry.

What is prostate cancer?

It’s the most common cancer in men in the UK – an ageing population means more humen are developing and dying from the disease 40,000 new cases are diagnosed and around 11,000 men die from it each year It can develop slowly over years and many men “havent been” symptoms Noticeable symptoms include needing to urinate more often and weak flow There is no single test for prostate cancer – the PSA blood test, biopsies and physical examinations are all employed Prostate cancer warning signs to look out for Prostate cancer demises overtake those from breast cancer Prostate awareness ‘dangerously low’ in British men


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