Celebrated Scottish actor and comedian Bill Connolly has revealed that he's fighting early-stage prostate cancer, while also being diagnosed with the initial symptoms of Parkinson's.
The 70-year-old, who most recently appeared in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit," underwent surgery in the U.S. for the prostate cancer and is now recovering.
"Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year," a release on his Facebook site reads
Earlier this year, Connolly admitted that he was starting to forget his lines during performances. "This is f*****g terrifying. I feel like I’m going out of my mind," he said.
While these is no cure for Parkinson's, the disease can be managed through the use of drugs and other lifestyle changes.
“Parkinson’s can be a very difficult condition to diagnose, as no two people with Parkinson’s are the same, with symptoms — such a slowness of movement or tremor – changing on a daily, or even hourly basis,” Steve Ford, chief executive at Parkinson’s UK told The Independent
“Many people, with the right medication, continue to live a full and active live with Parkinson’s, but for some, it can be life changing and it is vital that Billy gets the support he needs to live with this complex condition. We wish Billy and his family all the best as they come to terms with this upsetting diagnosis.”
As for prostate cancer, one of the most common cancers among men, if caught early, the chance of surviving the next five years is 100 percent. We wish Billy and his family the best!
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