Ex-minister James Brokenshire to have new treatment as lung cancer progresses

The top Tory said he was ‘keeping upbeat’ about his condition, which he discovered after coughing up a small amount of blood in 2018

Tory MP James Brokenshire said he was keeping upbeat about his prognosis

Former Cabinet Minister James Brokenshire has revealed that his lung cancer has progressed but said he was “keeping upbeat” about his condition.

The 53-year-old, who was first diagnosed with the disease in 2018, said he needed space to focus on his new treatment.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Brokenshire said: “Regrettably my cancer has progressed. Am starting a new line of treatment this week and receiving great care from the team at GSTTnhs (Guys’ and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust).

“Unwelcome news but keeping upbeat. Cathy and the kids have been amazing and appreciate all the kind messages. Now need space to focus on treatment.”

The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP, who has never smoked, was first diagnosed with early stage lung cancer after discovering a small amount of blood in his tissue after coughing.

James Brokenshire held two Cabinet posts (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)


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He quit as Northern Ireland Secretary in 2018 to have the upper lobe of his lung removed before returning to Parliament five weeks later.

Mr Brokenshire returned to the Cabinet as Housing Secretary from April 2018 to July 2019.

He was later appointed as Security Minister by Boris Johnson in 2020 but took a leave of absence in January 2021 to prepare for another cancer operation.

The Old Bexley and Sidcup MP was discharged from Guy’s Hospital in London in February after a “frustrating resurgence” in the disease required surgery to remove his right lung.

He resigned from the post in July after struggling with his recovery.

The Prime Minister was among well-wishers who sent messages of support to Mr Brokenshire on hearing the news.

Mr Johnson said: “So sorry to hear James. Our thoughts are with you and your family, and we hope you recover soon.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Sending you and Cathy all best wishes.”

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Stay strong my friend.”

Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “This is very sad news James but glad to hear you’re in good hands. Wishing you a speedy recovery and my thoughts with you and your family.”

Mr Brokenshire was succeeded as Security Minister by Damian Hinds on August 13 after a row over whether Home Secretary Priti Patel would take on his responsibilities.

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