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Eric Edel of Monty Python survived pancreatic cancer after early diagnosis


Eric Edel was fortunate to have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer early, which means his prognosis is good (Photo: Ryan Miller/REX/Shutterstock)

Eric Edel revealed that he “survived” his pancreas cancerwhich is generally considered one of the most deadly forms of the disease.

The 79-year-old comedian and writer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about three years ago, but was fortunate to find it early enough to be successfully treated.

The Monty Python The star opened up about his health after being revealed as the Hedgehog masked american singerafter signing up for the show to test if he can still perform.

Eric said Time magazine: About three years ago I was incredibly lucky: I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

‘lucky? One of the deadliest forms of cancer, how was luck on earth? Well, because it was found incredibly early. No, not before lunchtime, but before he goes anywhere.

He revealed that he asked his friend David Keeper, a doctor, what was the “quickest way to die” while searching for a play about a writer composing a musical about death when he discovers he’s about to die.

Eric (second to right) was one of the founding members of Monty Python (Photo: Pierre Foti/Sigma/Sigma via Getty Images)
Eric recently appeared as the hedgehog in The Masked Singer (Image: Fox TV/BACKGRID)

This same friend, who specializes in preventative medicine, was the same one who discovered Eric’s pancreatic cancer in 2019, which means he was able to undergo surgery at the Cedars-Sinai hopstal in Los Angeles and come up with a good diagnosis.

He revealed that Dr. Keeper had told him: ‘Well, you’re in pretty good shape. The cancer did not recur. You should have about 10 years.

Eric, who helped found Monty Python in 1969 with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Sir Michael Palin, has since collaborated with Stand Up To Cancer to raise awareness of cancer research.

Of the comic set, Chapman died in 1989 of tonsil cancer at the age of 48 while Jones died in 2020 at the age of 77 from a rare form of dementia.

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