Sam Neill assures fans he’s ‘alive and healthy’ and in remission after cancer news

Sam Neill reassured fans on Saturday that he was ‘alive and healthy’ and in remission after revealing in a BBC interview on Friday that he had been undergoing cancer treatment since being diagnosed with lymphoma stage 3 non-Hodgkin a year ago.

“My news seems to be in the headlines right now, and it’s kind of like ‘Cancer! Cancer! Cancer!’ Which is kinda annoying because as you can see I’m alive and well and I’ve been in remission for eight months which feels really good,” the ‘Jurassic Park’ star said in a lengthy video posted. on his Instagram on Saturday.

“And I’m alive and going to work,” added the actor, who wore a white T-shirt and a full beard. In his BBC interview, the 75-year-old revealed he lost his hair during treatment and wanted his beard back “more than anything”.

The ‘Tudors’ actor said he was “very happy to be back at work”, explaining that in a week he will start filming a movie called “Apples Never Fall” with Annette Benning.


Sam Neill reassured fans on Saturday that he was “alive and healthy”. (Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for AFI)

“I just wish the title wasn’t so much ‘that thing,'” Neill said, referring to cancer, “because the main thing is that I wrote this book. It’s called ‘I Already Have You say that? “And he mentions cancer because that’s the kind of context I wrote it in.

“But I didn’t really want to write a book. I needed something to do while I was in treatment, and I used to go to work, and suddenly I couldn’t go to work. That’s why I wrote the book, and I have to say there’s been a lot of response. People seem to love it, which is great.”

He added that he was “nervous” to write the book because he is a first-time author, but added that it was “fun” to reflect on his career, adding that “the tone of the book is the one of the surprise. I never thought I would have an acting career, let alone acting on screen.

“I’m full of gratitude looking back on this life, and that’s what the book is about. And let’s not worry too much about ‘the whole thing’ because I’m fine. OK!”

In his BBC interview, Neill called the cancer “fierce” and said that at the time he was diagnosed he thought he might be “dying”.


During a press tour for “Jurassic World Dominion” last year, the actor noticed that the glands in his neck weren’t feeling well. After hearing his diagnosis from the doctors, Neill said his response was quite stoic, but it prompted him to “take stock of things” and he started writing his memoirs to “distract himself”.

He joked that he suspected his publishers wanted him to “hurry up” with the book in case he “cut the bucket” before it was released.

THE "jurassic park" The actor said his book was about his cancer but it was really about his life and career.

The ‘Jurassic Park’ actor says his book is about his cancer but it’s really about his life and career. (Getty Images)

He also reassured that even though his book is about his cancer, that’s not what the book is about because he “can’t stand cancer books”.

According to the Mayo Clinic, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is “a type of cancer that begins in your lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s germline immune system. Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma have helped improve prognosis for people with this disease.

In an interview with The Guardian, the 75-year-old said he was not afraid to die but would like to have a few more decades of life if he could.


“We built all these beautiful terraces, we have these olive trees and cypress trees, and I want to be there to see it all mature,” he said. “And I have my adorable grandchildren. I want to see them grow up.”

Fox News’ Janelle Ash contributed to this report.

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