Sir Ian McKellen: Plagued with Prostate Cancer

Posted Tuesday December 11, 2012 11:25 AM GMT

He’s best known in recent years for playing the wizard Gandalf, and Sir Ian McKellan could certainly use some magical powers right about now.

The “Lord of the Rings” actor just revealed that he has been suffering from “prostate cancer for six or seven years,” in a new interview.

Ian continued, "When you have got it you monitor it and you have to be careful it doesn't spread. But if it is contained in the prostate, it's no big deal.”

"Many, many die from it, but it's one of the cancers that is totally treatable so I have 'wasteful watching.' I am examined regularly and it's just contained, it's not spreading. I've not had any treatment.”

"I have heard of people dying from prostate cancer, and they are the unlucky ones, the people who didn't know they had got it and it went on the rampage. But at my age if it is diagnosed, it’s not life threatening.”

"You are told what the situation is: you can have an operation but there is no point [in] me having an operation because there is no need for it. What they are concerned about is the cancer going to spread outside the prostate? If it doesn't you are fine. How do you know if it is spreading? You keep being tested."

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