Belfast Telegraph

John Hurt battling cancer

Sir John Hurt is "optimistic" despite being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

The 75-year-old actor has confirmed he is battling the disease, which has been found in his pancreas. The star insists his prospects are good, and so he is planning to keep working while he is treated.

"I have always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement," he told the Press Association.

"I have recently been diagnosed with early stage pancreatic cancer. I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team.

"I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (one of life's small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4."

No more details about John's diagnosis were available at present time.

The actor is famed for playing The Elephant Man and appearing in the Harry Potter movies. He received an Oscar nomination for his part in 1978's Midnight Express and for The Elephant Man in 1981.

His other notable movies include Alien, V for Vendetta and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The star still has a packed schedule, boasting nine films in the final stages of production. They include the eagerly-anticipated Tarzan, which also stars Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, Alexander Skarsgård and Christoph Waltz.

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