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Ian McKellen has prostate cancer

Dec. 11, 2012by: Alex Maidy

I debated whether to write this or not but thought it was something all of us movie fans would like to know. Sir Ian McKellen, otherwise known as Gandalf and Magneto, told Entertainment Weekly that he is currently battling prostate cancer.

Before you get worried, McKellen explained that he has been fighting the cancer for almost seven years. During that span of time he has continued to act and has even returned to Middle Earth for THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Prostate cancer is cancer, which is never good, but McKellen is positive about his prognosis.

“When you have got it, you monitor it, and you have to be careful it doesn’t spread,” the two-time Oscar nominee explained to the Mirror. “But if it is contained in the prostate it’s no big deal. Many, many men die from it, but it’s one of the cancers that is totally treatable … I am examined regularly, and it’s just contained, it’s not spreading. I’ve not had any treatment. I have heard of people dying from prostate cancer, and they are the unlucky ones, the people who didn’t know they had got it and it went on the rampage. But at my age if it is diagnosed, its not life threatening."

While McKellen tells us it is not life threatening, it is always sad to hear that someone has to suffer through any kind of illness, especially an actor as respected as he is. With all of the upcoming projects he still has on the horizon, here is to hoping we get to see all of them come to fruition.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens December 14th.

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7:57PM on 12/12/2012
When my grandfather had prostate cancer they kicked its ass pretty easily, so I'm not too worried about Mr. McKellen. That said, it's still sad to hear. I hope he lives for many, many more years.
When my grandfather had prostate cancer they kicked its ass pretty easily, so I'm not too worried about Mr. McKellen. That said, it's still sad to hear. I hope he lives for many, many more years.
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2:19AM on 12/12/2012

Have hope...

As a doctor, I can give fans reassurance... Prostate cancer (as he mentioned) is a very indolent cancer...it grows slowly and is rarely a cause of death. All men will get prostate cancer if they live long enough, the times they do cause morbidity/mortality, it is because a person is unlucky enough to get it at a younger age and does not get it discovered until too late. For example, men who are found to have early prostate cancer in their 80's may not get any treatment at all, because the risk
As a doctor, I can give fans reassurance... Prostate cancer (as he mentioned) is a very indolent cancer...it grows slowly and is rarely a cause of death. All men will get prostate cancer if they live long enough, the times they do cause morbidity/mortality, it is because a person is unlucky enough to get it at a younger age and does not get it discovered until too late. For example, men who are found to have early prostate cancer in their 80's may not get any treatment at all, because the risk of treatment is higher than the prostate cancer causing any problems over the next 10+ years that he may still have to live. It sounds like Sir Ian had his detected fairly early on at age 66, had it treated and with prostate ca being one of the few cancers that is "curable" we can be assured he will continue making movies until he is good and ready to retire. (and when I say curable, I mean of course we can never say for sure 100%, but there is high rates of success if treated early enough)
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8:21PM on 12/11/2012
I hope you can kick this cancer's arse, Sir Ian. Be healthy, sir.
I hope you can kick this cancer's arse, Sir Ian. Be healthy, sir.
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5:26PM on 12/11/2012
That's sad to hear and it must be quite rough, but I am glad he is doing ok. I do hope it stays contained, but at his age it's gotta be tough. Hopefully we still have many years with Ian McKellen.
That's sad to hear and it must be quite rough, but I am glad he is doing ok. I do hope it stays contained, but at his age it's gotta be tough. Hopefully we still have many years with Ian McKellen.
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4:12PM on 12/11/2012

Cancer means nothing to a wizard.

Pfft, cancer. That may be a problem for mere mortals, but to magical masters of magnetism like Sir Ian McKellen, it's just one of those things that nags you, kinda like a blister underneath your upper lip. It sucks, but it's nothing you can't overcome. ;) Strength and many healthy years be ahead of you, Sir.
Pfft, cancer. That may be a problem for mere mortals, but to magical masters of magnetism like Sir Ian McKellen, it's just one of those things that nags you, kinda like a blister underneath your upper lip. It sucks, but it's nothing you can't overcome. ;) Strength and many healthy years be ahead of you, Sir.
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3:35PM on 12/11/2012
Way to keep fighting Ian!
Way to keep fighting Ian!
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2:37PM on 12/11/2012

KUDOS SIR!

While this is most certainly bad news to read about it, one thing that keeps it not so bad is his positive attitude. He keep up on it, checks on it, and prevents it from getting worse...all while still being one of the greatest actors working today. I think it's awesome that he's not dragging himself down and everyone around him with it. It's life and he obviously realizes that.
While this is most certainly bad news to read about it, one thing that keeps it not so bad is his positive attitude. He keep up on it, checks on it, and prevents it from getting worse...all while still being one of the greatest actors working today. I think it's awesome that he's not dragging himself down and everyone around him with it. It's life and he obviously realizes that.
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2:08PM on 12/11/2012
I can just imagine how the guy who stuck his finger in his butt must have felt. "I am inside Gandalf and Magneto at the same time..."
But really, this is horrible news. Wish the best of luck for one of my favorite actors out there.
I can just imagine how the guy who stuck his finger in his butt must have felt. "I am inside Gandalf and Magneto at the same time..."
But really, this is horrible news. Wish the best of luck for one of my favorite actors out there.
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1:46PM on 12/11/2012
I am still hoping this guy is immortal because this guy makes me believe he is on screen. He's kicking cancers ass.
I am still hoping this guy is immortal because this guy makes me believe he is on screen. He's kicking cancers ass.
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12:04PM on 12/11/2012
Being someone who was diagnosed with cancer at an early stage myself, I understand the matter-of-fact tone. It's something that is, and yet you continue to live your life normally while everyone else freaks out.

Still, I keep remembering Dennis Hopper died of prostate cancer, and he's one of those omnipresent actors I have to consciously remind myself is no longer with us. So while many, many people with prostate cancer survive, it is still pretty damn serious.
Being someone who was diagnosed with cancer at an early stage myself, I understand the matter-of-fact tone. It's something that is, and yet you continue to live your life normally while everyone else freaks out.

Still, I keep remembering Dennis Hopper died of prostate cancer, and he's one of those omnipresent actors I have to consciously remind myself is no longer with us. So while many, many people with prostate cancer survive, it is still pretty damn serious.
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11:56AM on 12/11/2012
Be on your guard. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.
Be on your guard. There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.
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11:47AM on 12/11/2012
I will not say Do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.

Get well Sir Ian McKellen.
I will not say Do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.

Get well Sir Ian McKellen.
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