James Whale says ‘this could be my last Christmas’ as he stops cancer treatment

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James Whale has decided to end his gruelling chemotherapy treatment in a bid to enjoy “quality” rather than “quantity of life”.

The TalkTV presenter, 72, has been receiving the medication since he was diagnosed with kidney cancer for the second time in 2020. 

At the time, he was told the disease was terminal and it has since spread to his brain, spine and lungs.

Following a discussion with his oncologist, they have now agreed it is time for James to come off his treatment, something which the broadcaster says he has been prepared for “for a number of years”.

James told The Sun: “I have to choose between the quality and quantity of life and I’ve chosen quality so that I can have a good time and make great memories with my lovely wife, Nadine. 

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“At some point, we always die. It could be any time really for me, but luckily at the moment I can still work here at TalkTV and Radio.”

While James says this “could be [his] last Christmas”, he is not letting his condition get him down.

The brave father-of-two continued: “I’ve had a good life, I can’t complain. But I’m just going to make the next months as entertaining and interesting as I can, which is all any of us can do.”

The former Celebrity Big Brother star previously beat the cruel disease in 2000. He underwent an operation for which he was given a 50 percent chance of survival and opted not to have chemotherapy afterwards. 

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In 2006, he launched the James Whale Fund for Kidney Cancer which aims to raise awareness and funds for research into the illness.

Unfortunately, kidney cancer is often hard to detect as it doesn’t have any obvious symptoms in its early stages.

According to the NHS, when there are symptoms, they can include blood in urine, a loss of appetite or weight, tiredness, a high temperature and sweating.

Another sign is a lump or swelling in your back, under your ribs, or in your neck, as well as pain between your ribs and waist that does not go away. 

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