Sam Neill reveals treatment for blood cancer: ‘Possibly dying’

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Sam Neill reveals treatment for blood cancer: ‘Possibly dying’


Erin Keller

March 17, 2023 4:05pm 


Sam Neill arrives ahead of the 2021 AACTA Awards at the Sydney Opera House on Dec. 8, 2021.
Sam Neill is pictured at the 2021 AACTA Awards at the Sydney Opera House.Getty Images for AFI


Sam Neill reveals his secret battle with stage 3 blood cancer in his upcoming memoir “Did I Ever Tell You This?”

The 75-year-old “Jurassic Park” star recalled experiencing swollen glands a year ago while doing press for “Jurassic World Dominion.”

He said he was soon diagnosed with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, undergoing chemotherapy until he switched to a new drug he expects to take every month for the rest of his life.

“The thing is, I’m crook. Possibly dying,” he writes in the first chapter of his book, which comes out Tuesday. “I may have to speed this up.”

He said he never intended to write a memoir, but started doing so during treatment last year, as he realized it “was actually sort of giving me a reason to live.”

Neill in "Jurassic Park III" in 2001.
Neill starred in “Jurassic Park III” in 2001, reprising his role from the original film.

“I found myself with … nothing to do,” Neill explained to the Guardian in an interview published Friday.

“And I’m used to working. I love working. I love going to work. I love being with people every day and enjoying human company and friendship and all these things. And suddenly I was deprived of that. And I thought, ‘What am I going to do?’”

Neill says he is now cancer-free, t

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