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17 August 2020 16:41

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James Whale receives messages of support from celebrity friends after revealing cancer diagnosis

James Whale has been diagnosed with cancer (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage) Broadcaster James Whale is battling cancer of the brain, spine, kidney, and lungs, after revealing his diagnosis over the weekend – and has said he considered euthanasia. The legendary radio host revealed last night he has been diagnosed with cancer in four major parts of his body, 20 years after having one of his kidneys removed because of a tumour. James told The Sun: 'This little b** has spread. The 69-year-old – who also lost his beloved wife, Melinda, to lung cancer two years ago – received his devastating diagnosis two weeks ago, and has vowed to fight the disease so he can return to his radio show. Recalling his diagnosis on Sunday, he figured he'd simply 'have to do treatment all over again' before he was told that, sadly, the cancer had spread further than his kidneys, and that he had small lesions in his brain and lung, in his spine, and in the pituitary gland.

The broadcaster battled cancer 20 years ago (Picture: David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock) The Celebrity Big Brother star added: 'I came home, had a little think about things. 'I'd looked into it quite some time ago because Melinda died two years ago and it's been something in the back of my mind.' The broadcaster was eventually convinced by his son, James, to seek help from the charity Kidney Cancer UK, which he set up after his first battle with the disease in 2000. He had assistant finding a doctor who would treat his cancer and is now on immunotherapy and hormone replacement treatment, which he's hoping will eventually eradicate his tumours. You’re also amazing thank you for all your kind words I’m going to have to go to sleep now but I’ll be on talkRADIO at 6-30 pm tonight x — James Whale (@THEJamesWhale) August 17, 2020 James now insists he has 'no intention of dying' just yet, and is confident he'll make it to 80, as he said: 'Have no doubt, it's a shock and you'll sit in a corner on your own and you'll cry. I'm coming up to being the oldest working man on British radio and I have continually been on air since I was 24.

Well wishes have poured in from celebrities and politicians including the likes of Piers Morgan, Laurence Fox, Charlotte Hawkins and Nigel Farage. Good Morning Britain's Piers said that James's diagnosis was 'very sad news' as he labelled him as one of his favourite broadcasters and 'a great guy"'. Actor Laurence tweeted that James is in his 'prayers', adding: 'He is unmatched on the radio. 'Please be with us for lots more.' Good Morning Britain's Charlotte Hawkins also sent the broadcaster a message on social media. 'So desperately sorry to hear about your cancer returning James, what a shock for you,' she wrote.

Mr Farage tweeted: 'James Whale is the great man of British talkRadio and a good friend. Pioneering radio broadcaster James Whale, who made his name on Radio Aire in Leeds in the 1980s, has revealed that he has cancer of the kidney, spine, brain and lungs. In an exclusive interview with The Sun, the 69-year-old said he had considered going to Dignitas when he was first given the diagnosis a fortnight ago. However, the talkRADIO presenter has now vowed to fight the disease so he can return to the airwaves. In 1987, the James Whale Radio Show was simulcast on Yorkshire TV and made the genre famous.

Whale told The Sun: "This little bastard has spread. I'd looked into it quite some time ago because (wife) Melinda died two years ago and it's been something in the back of my mind." The legendary broadcaster, who also faced cancer 20 years ago when he had a kidney removed because of a tumour, added: "I've had a tumour on my pituitary gland, which has altered all my hormones. "I haven't got a proper prognosis yet because it's very early days, but this immunotherapy is a very new way of treating cancer — it gets the immune system to attack the tumours. @THEJamesWhale So desperately sorry to hear about your cancer returning James, what a shock for you. Advertising You're also amazing thank you for all your kind words I'm going to have to go to sleep now but I'll be on talkRADIO at 6-30 pm tonight x — James Whale (@THEJamesWhale) August 17, 2020 He told the paper: "This little bastard has spread.

"I've got a couple of small lesions in my lungs. Piers Morgan, Laurence Fox, Charlotte Hawkins and Nigel Farage have sent well wishes to James Whale after the radio DJ revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer. The talkRadio host, 69, said in an interview with The Sun that doctors have told him he has tumours in his kidneys, spine, brain and lungs. In 2000, Whale had one of his kidneys removed due to a cancerous tumour on it. "Keep battling," the Good Morning Britain presenter added on Twitter. Actor Fox tweeted that Whale is in his "prayers", adding: "He is unmatched on the radio. "Please be with us for lots more." Good Morning Britain's Charlotte Hawkins also sent Whale a message on social media. "So desperately sorry to hear about your cancer returning James, what a shock for you," she wrote. Mr Farage tweeted: "James Whale is the great man of British talkRadio and a good friend. The DJ told The Sun he visited the doctor after feeling unwell for about a year and was given the news the cancer had returned two weeks ago. Whale recently learned that the cancer has returned (PA) I've got a couple of small lesions in my lungs. Whale's experience with kidney cancer 20 years ago led him to form the James Whale Kidney Fund in 2006, which merged with Kidney Cancer UK in 2015. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles.