‘Jurassic Park’ Sam Neill Reveals Stage 3 Blood Cancer Diagnosis
Sam Neill is undergoing chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with stage three blood cancer.
The 75-year-old ‘Jurassic Park’ actor revealed his diagnosis in an interview with The Guardian, published on Friday.
According to The Guardian, Neill discovered he had swollen glands in March 2022 while in Los Angeles to promote “Jurassic World Dominion.” A few weeks later, he began chemotherapy for stage three angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, a cancer of the blood.
Although his first round of chemo didn’t seem to work, Neill said he was started on a “very expensive” chemotherapy drug, for which she signed a contract with the pharmaceutical company pledging that, s survived after four months of treatment, the rest of the treatment would be free.
Neill has to take the drug every month for the rest of his life — and it comes with nasty side effects — the outlet reports, but the actor says it helps.
“I’m not off the hook as such, but there’s no cancer in my body,” he said.
The actor also reflected on his feelings about the death, telling the outlet, “I’m not afraid to die.”
“But it would piss me off,” he continued. “Because I would really love another decade or two, you know? We’ve built all these beautiful terraces, we’ve got these olive trees and cypress trees, and I want to be there to see it all mature. And I’ve got my Adorable grandchildren. I want to see them grow. But as for the dying? I don’t care.
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The actor added that his health issues motivated him to write his memoir “Did I Ever Tell You This?” to be published on Tuesday.
“I never intended to write a book,” he said. “But as I continued to write I realized that it kind of gave me a reason to live and I was going to bed thinking, I’ll write about it tomorrow. It will entertain me. And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that without doing anything, you know.”
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