Paul Burrell in tears on Lorraine over prostate cancer and will 'be a mess for a very long time'

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27 Feb 2023, 15:33

A teary Paul Burrell has opened up about his prostate cancer diagnosis fears and the aftermath of the gruelling emotional-rollercoaster treatment. Princess Diana's former butler has admitted that he is fearful for the outcome ahead of a two-hour procedure, followed by weeks of radiotherapy.

The previous I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! campmate told ITV's Lorraine: "I’ll go for a two-hour procedure and they will inject radium into my prostate. My recovery will be for the rest of that week. And then for the next three weeks I will have to go to radiotherapy appointments – to kill it from the outside as well as the inside. Hopefully at the end of that period I’ll be all clear."

In a clip, Paul was seen at Christie Hospital, Manchester talking candidly about his health and the future after being diagnosed with prostate cancer last summer.

Paul Burrell on Lorraine

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"It's a little bit scary. I’m apprehensive because I don’t know what to expect and I don’t know what the outcome is going to be. So today I’ll find out the answers to all my questions."

Speaking about his loved ones, he said: "This isn’t about me is it? It’s about the big picture - it’s about my hubby [Graham Cooper]. It’s about our relationship, the way forward, so I had to talk about all of that. That’s a very important part of the jigsaw.”

He said: "I’m apprehensive because I don’t know what to expect and I don’t know what the outcome is going to be.

"I get so emotional because of the hormone therapy, which she said I’ll have to continue after the operation.

Paul Burrell on Lorraine

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"I’m going to be a mess for a very long time. But you have to trade off certain things to get to a point of living."

He previously said on Lorraine: "I’m tired, I’m on hormone therapy, it’s robbing me of my testosterone so my beard isn’t growing as it should, I’m tired, and I’m getting hot flushes.

"I'm on an emotional educational rollercoaster and not knowing where I'm going to be...

"Thinking 'Am I going to be here next year [for Christmas]?' ... I told my boys and they said 'Dad, we need to spend more time with you'.

Paul Burrell on Lorraine

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"At the same time you realise that there are thousands of men out there like me who have no symptoms and don't know they have it.

"I was really lucky they caught it early. I don't think men are particularly good about going to the doctors - they need nudging."

He has since urged men to 'go and have a simple blood test. You owe it to your partners. You owe it to your families. You owe it to the people who love you. Just go and have a simple test. If they catch it early, you’ll get through it too, like me'.

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