Coronation Street star Gray O’Brien reveals secret battle with stage four tonsil cancer
Coronation Street actor Gray O’Brien has revealed his secret battle with stage four tonsil cancer.
The soap star, best known for playing Tony Gordon on the soap from 2007 to 2010, shared his happiness after completing his treatment in a heart-warming video shared to Twitter on Monday.
The 51-year-old thanked fans for their support as he rang the “End Of Treatment” bell to mark his milestone.
Alongside the video Gray wrote: “Today marks the end of my treatment & I couldn't be more thankful to everyone who has supported me along the way.”
He went on to detail his illness with his followers, telling fans: “About 3 months ago a trip to the doctors with swollen glands led to stage four tonsil cancer. @Beatson_Charity @CRUK_BI #CancerAwareness #tonsilcancer #staystrong.”
The Scottish actor additionally told BBC News: “I have a long way to go with my recovery.
“When I received the diagnosis of tonsil cancer I was of of course devastated – it's cancer. My reason for waiting to ring the bell before I mentioned it publicly is because I wasn't sure how strong I would be in coping with the treatment, indeed could I cope with the treatment?"
Gray added that he has had chemotherapy and 30 rounds of radiotherapy, but was able to ring the bell six weeks later.
He added: "This is only the treatment finished. I now have a long way to go with my recovery.
"I have been advised it will get worse before it gets better. The accuracy of the medical advice I have received with regards to the treatment and how it's progressed has been spot on so far.
“As long as I take it a day at a time as I have up until this point I am looking forward to coming through the other side. "
Gray was praised for his emotional video by fellow actors and fans, with one fan writing: “Speedy recovery, I had no idea. Wish you all the best.”
Radio presenter Grant Stott added: "Mate, I had no idea. So sorry you've had a hellish time but delighted to see you ring that bell."
According to Cancer Research UK, symptoms of tonsil cancer can include a sore in the back of the mouth that will not heal, a tonsil that is larger on one side and blood in the saliva.
They add that the main risk factors for tonsil cancer include smoking, drinking alcohol and infection with the HPV virus.
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