BBC newsreader George Alagiah is taking a break from presenting as he deals with “a further spread of cancer” after he was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer in 2014
George Alagiah will be taking a break from presenting duties as he deals with “a further spread of cancer”, his agent has said.
The 65-year-old BBC newsreader was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2014, with it returning again in 2017 after it had been hoped that treatment had given him the all-clear.
Now, the BBC News At Six presenter will be taking some time away from our screens as he battles the spread of cancer.
In a statement, George’s agent said: “George Alagiah, presenter of BBC News At Six, Britain’s most watched news programme, is to take a break from studio duties to deal with a further spread of cancer.”
The statement continued: “He was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in April 2014. In a letter to colleagues in the newsroom Mr Alagiah said his medical team had decided to hit the new tumour ‘hard and fast’.
“He is due to undergo a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next few months.”
The statement concluded: “He added that working on the programme ‘has kept me sane over the last few years’ and ‘I’m determined to come back’.”
The bowel cancer has now spread to his lungs, liver and lymph nodes but George has said that it helped him cope with the coronavirus lockdowns as he was used to dealing with the unpredictable.
He wrote in new book Letters from Lockdown, in which people describe their experiences: “The pandemic presented special challenges for me and thousands of others who are cancer patients.
“But there was one way I felt I had an advantage.
“To have cancer is to live with uncertainty. Every scan brings with it a huge question mark over my life.
“So I’ve learnt to live in the moment, to be content with today. It has helped me to get through these most unpredictable of times.”
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George said that one taking from the pandemic should be that we should be more caring towards to each other.
He said: “This pandemic has taught us that we need each other. That’s what being human is – caring for one another – not just here at home but across the world.”
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