Stephen Fry revealed today he has undergone surgery to remove his prostate, due to cancer.
After admitting that he did not know much about his gland next to his bladder before "unwelcome and unexpected adventure" began, Fry injected his 13-minute video with a mixture of seriousness, technical details about his experience and wit.
The 60-year-old comedian and broadcaster said he had an operation in early January.
As far as he knows, the cancer "has all been got".
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Mr Fry explained that he first went to his doctor to get the flu jab before Christmas, but ended up getting a blood test and other general checks while he was there.
The former QI presenter - who stepped down from his BAFTA hosting role last month - said his health was the reason he had retreated from the public eye in recent months. They should be zero because I have no prostate.
I know its an old cliche but you don't think it's going to happen to you, cancer is something that happens to other people, he said.
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"They took the prostate out, and eleven lymph nodes".
"It seemed to be taking a bit of a sledgehammer to a peanut, but I said OK just to keep him happy and, I suppose, to keep myself happy too".
Stephen continued: 'Cancer is a word that rings in your head.
Fry paid tribute to his family and husband Elliott Spencer, saying: "My family and my divine and darling husband, of course, were just marvellous and those few friends who have known have been very discreet and kind about it". You think you're going to recover but it takes longer than you expected.
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"I genuinely felt my life was saved by the early intervention, so I would urge men of a certain level to get checked".