First Dates barman Merlin Griffiths shares health update after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago | The Sun
FIRST Dates barman Merlin Griffiths has shared a positive health update after being diagnosed with cancer two years ago.
The 47-year-old, who is a staple on the Channel 4 dating show, has shared an update with fans.
Merlin shared a photo of his latest letter from the hospital after a recent scan.
It said: "Hi Merlin, Your CT scan has just come through.
"All looks good, there are no signs of any reoccurrence.
"Hope this is reassuring."
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Merlin caption his post: "Final Year 1 scan results are in, and it's ALL CLEAR for now.
"Nice. Thank you #NHS #bowelcancerawareness."
Following the news, fans have sent Merlin well wishes on social media.
Celebrity chef James Martin replied: "Brilliant news fella just brilliant see you at the house and stay for a glass or 4."
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Another fans said: "Amazing news! I had my 2 year scan results at the weekend! Like you, all clear! Always such a relief! #scanxiety is real!"
And a third said: "Brilliant news Merlin am thrilled for you."
The TV star previously said how, after undergoing chemotherapy and two operations, he is living with bowel cancer.
He said: “That’s an important distinction to make. Just because you have an operation to remove the tumour doesn’t mean that all of a sudden you are cancer free.
“They used to call it remission, now they call it NED, which means no evidence of disease.
“So NED happens after five years for bowel cancer. Now it’s a five year ongoing process before they are willing to say alright, yeah, you’re about as safe as you can be.”
He adds: “From there you'll still have more regular check ups than most and then it’s ten years, you’re off the list from ten years. That's as far as it goes.
“If there’s no recurrence of disease after ten years, then you are technically cured."
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