John Hurt reveals cancer diagnosis

75 year old star is optimistic about treatment.

by Jennie Kermode

John Hurt at the London premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. BFI South Bank, Tuesday 13th September 2011
John Hurt at the London premiere of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. BFI South Bank, Tuesday 13th September 2011 Photo: Sam Hughes

Sir John Hurt, recently knighted for his services to drama, revealed today that he has been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. He is undergoing treatment, says he is optimistic about it, and intends to continue working.

Celebrated for his work in films like The Elephant Man, Midnight Express and Alien, the 75 year old actor recently appeared alongside Dways 'The Rock' Johnson in Hercules and is currently filming The History Of Love with Gemma Arterton and Derek Jacobi. He spoke with us last year about his lengthy career and the fun he had on the set of Snowpiercer.

Pancreatic cancer affects around 9,000 people in the UK every year. The most obvious early symptom is pain in the abdomen, but many people have no symptoms at all until the diseases has advanced and become more difficult to treat. Hurt is fortunate in that his early diagnosis means it should be possible for doctors to tackle the cancer more effectively.

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