Actor Stanley Tucci recently revealed that he had been diagnosed with tongue cancer that appears to have gone into remission with treatment.
Tucci, who lost his wife Kate to breast cancer in 2009, told Vera magazine in its September cover story that a cancerous tumor on the base of his tongue was too large to be surgically removed, so he had to endure a “high dose.” radiation and chemotherapy.
“I swore I’d never do anything like that because my first wife died of cancer, and seeing her undergo those treatments for years was horrible,” Tucci, 60, told the magazine.
The ‘Hunger Games’ actor, who lives in London, said the diagnosis came three years ago and subsequent treatment appears to have stymied the growth. The publication said Tucci touched wood with both hands because he said the cancer was unlikely to return.
“I feel much older than before I got sick,” he told the magazine. “But you still want to move forward and get things done.”
According to the American Cancer Society, tongue cancer has an overall relative survival rate of 67 percent within five years of diagnosis.
Kate was 47 when she died, and Tucci said early this year that he is still grieving the loss. “You never stop grieving,” he told CBS Sunday Morning in January.
The couple have three children, twins Nicolo and Isabel, 21, and Camilla, 19.
Tucci married Felicity Blunt, sister of Emily Blunt, sister of Emily Blunt, in 2012. The couple has two children, Matteo Oliver (6) and Emilia Giovanna (3).
Tucci has found success as an anthropological bon vivant on CNN’s “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”.