Richard Herring ‘indestructible’ as he shares news he’s ‘defeated’ testicular cancer


Richard Herring.
Richard has shared the best news! (Picture: Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Richard Herring has shared the brilliant news his latest cancer scan came back clear, after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year.

The Taskmaster star, 54, mused he’s well and truly kicked ‘b****k cancer’ in the you-know-where and joked he’s now ‘indestructible’.

He wrote on Twitter today: ’10 months(and a day) on from the operation, saw the oncologist today. Scan is clear. Blood is good. I need to drink more water apparently (I’d rather die), but all is fine.

‘I’ve defeated cancer and am now indestructible.’

The comedian added: ‘So looks like I can go back to wasting all my time, under the sad illusion that I am immortal. Hooray!

‘I reckon that’s the end of me getting out of stuff by looking a bit sad and saying “I’ve had cancer” though. So it’s not all good news.’

However, his message didn’t come without a wise word to his followers as he implored: ‘Check your bits. Catch this stuff early.’

In March Richard underwent surgery to remove his testicle after being diagnosed with cancer in February, and went on to have chemotherapy to try and prevent it returning.

‘How unlucky was I to get a fairly rare cancer without exhibiting any of the usual causes?’ the star said at the time. ‘But then how lucky was I to get the one that is basically curable?’

Richard explained that the cancer had a 99% survival rate as it had not spread from his testicle, and he had it removed before diagnosis as it had to be taken for analysis.

Testicular cancer is one of the less common cancers and mostly affects men aged between 15 and 49, usually starting with a painless swelling or lump in one of the testicles or a change in shape and texture.

The comedian previously announced the health news on Twitter, writing: ‘RIP my right b*****k. July 12th 1967 to February 24th 2021. Age shall not wither him (he was quite withered already, at least until the last few weeks). He shall be missed.

‘I was glad that everything was double and triple checked and once again the NHS staff were exemplary and funny and friendly…’

He later added: ‘Though cancer sounds like bad news, apart from that bit it’s pretty much all good news. The bad stuff was all safely ensconced inside my ball like the hazelnut in the middle of a Ferrero Rocher…

‘(I am not going to promise my wife a pyramid of exponential b*****ks) and has not spread, so it’s all out. Testicular cancer has a 99% survival rate (I wish someone had told me this right at the start)…

‘You can increase that to practically 100% if you wish by having one shot of chemo (which stops it coming back in your nodes) and obviously the fantastic NHS will be keeping an eye on me from now on…

‘The doctor on the phone was extremely positive and reassuring. I am going to see an oncologist next week to discuss my options, but essentially it seems that I should be around for a good while yet.’



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