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Sir John Hurt says his cancer fight is 'going well'

By Tony Jones

Published 18/07/2015

Honour: Sir John with wife Anwen
Honour: Sir John with wife Anwen

Actor Sir John Hurt has used being knighted by the Queen to tell how he is responding well to treatment for cancer.

The 75-year-old, honoured for a career including The Elephant Man and The Naked Civil Servant, said he was "feeling good" after starting a course of chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer.

Speaking after the Windsor Castle Investiture ceremony, he added: "I'm halfway through my chemotherapy and I've got a whole load of tests next week.

"I'm not feeling any of the side-effects you're supposed to feel as everybody's different. It's extraordinary. I haven't lost weight or anything - it's crazy. My oncologist is extremely optimistic, as am I. Everything is going well."

Sir John, who made new fans with parts in Doctor Who and the Harry Potter films, said his knighthood "was so unexpected". "I suppose the only thing I really rather regret is that my parents aren't alive to see this," he added. "I'm sure that's not a sentiment that's new by any means, a lot of people say the same. But it does make one inordinately proud."

Also honoured was Major Laura Nicholson, who became only the second female military pilot - and the first for operations in Afghanistan - to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

She was a flight lieutenant in an RAF Chinook when she helped save a US Marine and civilians from an insurgent attack. She said: "This is a huge honour. It's very humbling."

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