Stephen Fry reveals prostate cancer surgery

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Stephen Fry is one of our favorite Big Thinkers, and so, naturally, news that he’s been diagnosed with prostate cancer feels like an illness in the family. Fry announced his condition in a YouTube video in a typically Fry-ish manner, puckishly describing his adenocarcinoma as an “aggressive little bugger.” No wonder we love the guy.

Only Fry could make such a troubling piece of news so darkly entertaining and informative. We’re comforted that he looks so well in the video and that his surgery is out of the way.

Meanwhile, as we send him our positive thoughts and best wishes for a speedy and successful recovery, here are some memorable Big Think Stephen Fry moments.

Speaking in the video, Fry revealed that the cancer had been detected following a routine health checkup, and that he underwent surgery to remove his prostate and 11 lymph nodes in January.

Fry said: "I had a couple of options: Radiotherapy is a very long and difficult process – there are a number of issues with it for me – and the other was to get rid of the prostate by using a process called radical robotic labroscopic prostatectomy – in other words, sending little robots in through tiny holes pierced in your tummy."

He went on to say: "This was a rather aggressive little bugger, but the early detection saved me."

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