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 Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:40 am 
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PYTHON LEGEND BATTLES CANCER

Exclusive By Gary Anderson And Martin Fricker

MONTY Python star Terry Jones is fighting cancer and will have surgery within days.

Doctors say the 64-year-old comedian and TV director has bowel cancer but believe they have caught it at an early stage.

Dad-of-two Terry was last night at a private hospital in London with his 21-year-old Swedish girlfriend Anna Soderstrom.

His agent Jodi Shield said: "He is having a routine exploratory operation in the next few days. His surgeon is fairly confident - they think they've got it early enough. He's in great spirits. We're having to make him stop working."

Python co-star Carol Cleveland said: "I'm just praying he is going to be fine. Terry is a strong Welshman - I'm confident he'll beat it."

Doctors told Terry he had cancer a few days before last week's West End premiere of the Python musical Spamalot.

But he insisted on being at the show and posed for pictures alongside Python pals Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam.

Terry was a creator of the Monty Python team that revolutionised British comedy in the 1970s - and became a household name along with Palin, Idle, Gilliam, John Cleese and Graham Chapman. He is best known for playing Python's bizarre female characters. His most famous creation is Brian's mum in The Life of Brian - in which he yells at his son's devoted followers: "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy."

Terry has directed three Python films - Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Meaning of Life.

He has also made popular history programmes for the BBC, published books on the ancient and medieval periods and written numerous children's stories. In recent years he has been an outspoken critic of Tony Blair and the war in Iraq.

Terry last year left wife Alison after 35 years of married life to live with Anna, who he met at one of his book signings.

His daughter Sally, 32, declined to comment last night.

Bowel cancer is the UK's third most common cancer - claiming 16,000 lives last year. If detected early enough it is relatively easy to treat.

X-Factor judge Sharon Osbourne successfully battled the disease after having surgery and chemotherapy.

England's World Cup winning skipper Bobby Moore died of bowel cancer in 1993.

Terry's fellow Python pioneer Graham Chapman died aged 48 in 1989 after a long battle with throat cancer.


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I've just read it in another thread. as I said there, it's depressing :cry: :cry:

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all best wishes and get well soon, Jonesy!!

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Oh my god, I read it today, I´m so sad! :cry:

But he´s strong and will beat it. And today cancer is easier to heal as back in the 80ies, when Gray had it. I hope the doctors were honest when they said they detected it in an early stadium.

All good hopes, wishes and prayers to Jonesy!

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This comes as a big shock to me! I hope everything is allright and he will beat the cancer. Still great that he went to the premiere while he knew he had it. Emotionally I couldn't have done that.

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:( oh no! Get well soon!

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yup..heavy news...best wishes to TJ.


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:shock: :shock: :shock:

omg... :shock: ... Terry, all our thoughts are with you, let's hope for a speedy recovery!

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NO THAT CAN'T BE!!!! OMG! oh Terry! I'm so depressed! That really remebers me on Graham wich ended sad... oh no Terry I'm so in panic right now!!!

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ditto *blinking* i'm really creeped out now - if you look on the thread about him appearing in folkestone, and read the bit about the email i got, you'll see why!

*no time to type whole thing out*

i'm going to make myself a cup of tea now for my shock :S

poor terry! sending all my hugs to him to get better!!!

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humor is the best medicine and Terry sits right at the source of it ... no, he is the source!
Go, Terry!

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Fortunately, from all the reports I hear that they caught it early, which means there is a very good chance of it being cured.

Sharon Osbourne had a similar cancer and she's OK.

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