Sam Neill has stage three blood cancer, which is being treated with chemotherapy.
The 75-year-old “Jurassic Park” actor shared his diagnosis in a Friday interview with The Guardian.
According to The Guardian, Neill discovered he had swollen glands in March 2022 while in Los Angeles promoting “Jurassic World Dominion.” Weeks later, he started chemotherapy for stage three angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, a blood cancer.
Neill said his initial chemotherapy treatment didn’t work, but he began taking a “very expensive” chemotherapy drug. She said she signed a contract with the drug company for this drug, stating that if he survived after four months on the drug, the rest of the treatment would be free.
According to the source, Neill must take this medication monthly for the rest of his life. It has unpleasant side effects, but the actor claims it has helped.
“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 death, telling the outlet, “I’m not afraid to die.”
“But it would annoy me,” he continued. “Because I’d really like another decade or two, you know? We’ve built all these lovely terraces, we’ve got these olive trees and cypresses, and I want to be around to see it all mature. And I’ve got my lovely little grandchildren. I want to see them get big. But as for the dying? I couldn’t care less.”
The actor said that writing his memoir “Did I Ever Tell You This?,” which will be released on Tuesday, was partly inspired by his health issues.
“I never had any intention to write a book,” he said. “But as I went on and kept writing, I realized 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. And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know.”
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