Cancer treatment for Danny Baker
Broadcaster and writer Danny Baker has revealed that he has cancer and is to undergo chemotherapy.
The Radio 5 Live host - who has presented shows for Radio 1 and Radio 2 - told fans and listeners in a statement online, explaining why he has been absent from his regular Saturday show.
Baker, who is also well-known as a scriptwriter for his friend Chris Evans, remained upbeat and said he had been "watching Tommy Steele box sets".
"Once the quacks have soundly thrashed this thing I shall return like a rare gas and as if out of a trap," he said.
Baker, 53, apologised to his listeners for keeping his illness under wraps over the past few weeks.
He said: "As it appears this is going to continue for the foreseeable, I really ought to offer up some sort of breadcrumbs trail as to what's going on - as you know I am queasy about introducing vulgar real life on to the vaudeville stage so let's keep this crisp.
"After a pretty mouldy diagnosis about a month back, I finally begin chemotherapy on Monday with further radiotherapy from January. Yes, radiotherapy; can you beat it?"
He continued: "This being so, the old treehouse baggy pants will be donned but sparingly. Once the quacks have soundly thrashed this thing I shall return like a rare gas and as if out of a trap."
He urged his listeners to "keep yakking up a storm and laugh extra loud" at the guest presenters for his shows.
He thanked listeners for their concerns and added: "So. Manly handshake. Walk right on. In the words of King George 'What what and there it is...'."