Actor Sam Neill has shared a devastating update about his cancer treatment.
After chemotherapy failed to treat his rare blood cancer, he was switched to an anti-cancer drug which put him into remission for over 12 months.
However, Neill has revealed the drug, which requires infusion every two weeks, will eventually stop working.
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“I know I’ve got it, but I’m not really interested in it,” Neill told Australia Story.
“It’s out of my control. If you can’t control it, don’t get into it.”
Neill revealed his diagnosis to The Guardian in March, saying he experienced swollen glands during publicity for “Jurassic World Domination” in 2022 before being diagnoses with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.
In the interview, Neill said he’s not afraid to die, but rather it would “annoy him” as he lists the things he would miss out on.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Neill’s haematologist, Dr Orly Lavee, said a “third line option” may need to be considered to treat the Jurassic Park actor.
Currently, Neill is filming an adaptation of Liana Moriarty’s “Apples Never Fall” and will also appear in series two mini-series “The Twelve”.
He is also writing a book, “Did I Ever Tell You This?”, revealing personal stories and anecdotes from his career to leave a piece of himself for his family.
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