Brookside Jimmy Corkhill legend has been fighting cancer
Brookside’s most recognisable face Dean Sullivan, known to millions as Jimmy Corkhill in the now defunct Channel 4 soap, has spoken candidly about his battle with prostate cancer after being treated for the disease on New Year’s Eve, 2018.
As Jimmy, Dean was involved in some of Brookie’s biggest storylines including a mental breakdown, a drug addiction and a tumultuous marriage to wife Jackie.
The 64-year-old actor was diagnosed in the middle of 2018 and spent the last day of the year undergoing HDR treatment which involved having thin tubes inserted into the prostate gland before targeted radiation is passed down them to pinpoint and kill cancer cells.
Speaking about being ‘shell-shocked’ by his diagnosis, the actor told The Mirror: ‘I’d noticed when I was going to the loo that my stream wasn’t as strong as it used to be. I used to joke I would be able to pee over a wall it was so strong.
‘I never imagined it was something to do with my prostate though because I didn’t have any of the other symptoms, such as going to the toilet several times in the night.’
A locum doctor told Dean that there was nothing to worry about but he later persisted when he continued to be concerned that something was right – a move that led to the diagnosis and the life saving treatment.
He continued: ‘It is a bit like when you can feel you’re getting a cold. Everyone knows their own body, so when there is something not sitting right, you just know. My stream was so different to how it had been and I knew that wasn’t how it should be.
‘Sometimes people think they’re bothering the doctor unnecessarily and that doctors are always right, so if they’ve said it’s nothing, it’s nothing. But doctors aren’t always right so we shouldn’t be embarrassed to go back.’
Dean then underwent radiotherapy and earlier this year was given the news that he had the all-clear. He has heaped praise on the medical professionals who have treated them through his battle and he described the outcome as a ‘huge relief’.
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