Bill Turnbull speaks of 'darkest' days in battle with prostate cancer

Mail Online | 10/10/2018 | Martin Robinson, Chief Reporter For Mailonline
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Bill Turnbull has today admitted he has an 'awfully long way to go' to beat prostate cancer after a year of gruelling treatment and 'dark days'.

The 62-year-old former BBC Breakfast host also revealed he has had nine rounds of chemotherapy and in his typically understated tone described the ordeal as 'a bit of a grind'.

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He was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of last year, after long-term aches and pains which he had put down to 'old age' were no longer being alleviated with pills.

Both he and Stephen Fry have been praised for raising awareness through their experiences with the disease.

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Mr Turnbull told his former show BBC Breakfast that the first few days following his diagnosis were the 'darkest'.

'I did nine rounds of chemotherapy, which is a bit of a grind to be honest. That finished a few weeks ago,' the presenter said.

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'The effects of the chemo have been wearing off, which means my energy levels are back up and I feel a lot better in that respect.

'I've still got the disease and we've got an awfully long way to go, but for the moment I'm feeling OK.'

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He described being diagnosed, as he was recording The Great Celebrity Bake Off For Stand Up To Cancer on Channel 4, as a 'bombshell' moment.

'It's one of the hardest things that you'll face in your life. It will happen to hundreds of people today, when they're told, not just that they've got prostate cancer but other types of cancer.

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'You have to push through it really. It's a really numbing, shocking moment.

'The consolation is the first days are the darkest days. If you get through those and have people around...
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