Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill has revealed he is being treated for stage-three blood cancer.
The beloved New Zealand star, 75, was diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma shortly after experiencing swollen glands during publicity for Jurassic World Dominion last March.
Neill initially started chemotherapy but began receiving a new chemotherapy drug, when the former began to fail.
Although he is now cancer free, it’s expected that he will continue to take his treatment every month for the rest of his life.
The Hollywood star wrote his memoir – Did I Ever Tell You This? – while receiving therapy for the disease, telling the Guardian that it gave him a ‘reason to live’.
‘I found myself with with nothing to do,’ he told the publication. ‘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 realised 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.’
Neill added: ‘And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know.’
According to Lymphoma Action, angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) is a type of T-cell lymphoma – non-Hodgkin lymphoma that develop from white blood cells called T cells.
Many T-cell lymphomas have complicated names based on the type of cell they develop from or particular proteins they make.
The actor, who reprised his role as Alan Grant in the blockbuster Jurassic Park franchise last year, also starred as Major Chester Campbell in hit BBC series Peaky Blinders.
Did I Ever Tell You This? will be published on March 21.
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