Sam Neill, star of 'Jurassic Park,' reveals he's being treated for stage 3 blood cancer
Sam Neill is undergoing chemotherapy treatment after getting diagnosed with stage three blood cancer.
The "Jurassic Park" actor, 75, revealed his diagnosis in an interview with The Guardian, published Friday.
According to The Guardian, Neill discovered he had swollen glands in March 2022 while in Los Angeles promoting "Jurassic World Dominion." Weeks later, he started chemotherapy for stage three angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, a blood cancer.
Though his first round of chemo didn't seem to work, Neill said he started a "very expensive" chemotherapy drug, for which she signed a contract with the drug company agreeing that, if he survived after four months on the drug, the rest of the treatment would be free.
Neill has to take this drug every month for the rest of his life — and it comes with unpleasant side effects — the outlet reports, but the actor said it's helped.
"I'm not off the hook as such, but there's no cancer in my body," he said.
The actor also reflected on his feelings about death, telling the outlet, "I'm not afraid to die."
"But it would annoy me," he continued. "Because I'd really like another decade or two, you know? We've built all these lovely terraces, we've got these olive trees and cypresses, and I want to be around to see it all mature. And I've got my lovely little grandchildren. I want to see them get big. But as for the dying? I couldn't care less."
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The actor added his health struggles helped motivate him to write his memoir "Did I Ever Tell You This?" due for release Tuesday.
"I never had any intention to write a book," he said. "But as I went on and kept writing, I realized it was actually sort of giving me a reason to live and I would go to bed thinking, I’ll write about that tomorrow. That will entertain me. And so it was a lifesaver really, because I couldn’t have gone through that with nothing to do, you know."
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