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Monty Python star Eric Idle 'grateful to be alive' after surviving pancreatic cancer

Eric Idle survived pancreatic cancer. (PA)
Eric Idle survived pancreatic cancer. (PA)

Monty Python star Eric Idle has said he feels "grateful to be alive" after surviving pancreatic cancer.

The comedian recently revealed he was diagnosed with the illness – which has a low survival rate – around three years ago.

He said he was "incredibly lucky" because it was caught so early.

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Asked on The Graham Norton Show how he feels about life now, he said: "I am definitely more grateful, grateful to be alive.

"I am very fortunate and hopefully I can do a bit of good by raising money for research."

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Graham Norton, Eric Idle and Jamie Lee Curtis during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. Picture date: Thursday September 29, 2022.
Eric Idle opened up on Graham Norton's show. (PA)

Idle went on to appear in The Masked Singer in America and has shared that beating cancer was one of the things that inspired him to sign up.

Talking about revealing his diagnosis on the programme, he told TV star Norton that he hoped to raise awareness.

(left to right) Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones from Monty Python at a photocall before their series of live dates which start at the O2 Arena.
Eric Idle with Monty Python stars John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin and Terry Jones. (PA)

Discussing his time on the singing show, he said: "I asked Paul McCartney if I could sing Love Me Do.

"He said, ‘Yes of course you can,’ then joked, 'Do let me know me when it airs so I can be sure to miss it!'"

Earlier this month, Idle told Time: "About three years ago I was incredibly lucky: I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Lucky? One of the most lethal forms of cancer, how on earth was that lucky?

"Well, because it was found incredibly early.

THE MASKED SINGER. L-R: Nick Cannon and Eric Idle in the season 8 premiere of THE MASKED SINGER airing Wednesday, Oct. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
The star took part in The Masked Singer. (FOX via Getty Images)

"No, not before lunchtime, but before it had gone anywhere."

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He had the tumour removed and no further trace of the disease was found.

The Graham Norton Show is on BBC One tonight (30 September) at 10.40pm and is also available on BBC iPlayer.

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