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Edward James Olmos reveals he had throat cancer

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Los Angeles | May 29, 2023 6:10:58 AM IST
Veteran actor Edward James Olmos recently revealed that he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

On the Mando & Friends podcast, Olmos said, "This would be the first time publicly I'll be coming out and saying it, but I had throat cancer. I just finished getting through it. December 20 was my last radiation. The week before, I'd finished my chemo and (for) months and months I was on radiation and chemo as it attacked my throat."

He also explained he had five doctors advising him ahead of his treatment who warned him, CNN reported.

"There's only one thing we have to tell you: We do not know what you're gonna sound like" after they were done.

"I said, 'What?!'" Olmos recalled.

He described the illness as "a very strong disease," saying doctors had to "shoot" his vocal cords with radiation.

"We're shooting your vocal cords, we're shooting your throat; where you eat, where you swallow, where you talk, breathe, everything goes through here," he said, later adding, "A lot of my friends have passed because of this."

He said the experience "took a lot" out of him, and he lost 55 pounds and all of his muscle tone.

"There were times in the months that I was undergoing the treatments that the body gives up," Olmos shared. "And I didn't want to take my food through my stomach. They wanted to put tubes in and feed me nutrients because I couldn't swallow. They had to get 2,500 calories into my body every day. That was ridiculous, that was so hard."

In reflecting on his ordeal, Olmos said on the podcast it "was an experience that changed me, the understanding of how wonderful this life is."

"I've been through some experiences that have gotten me close to death, but that was close," he added.

Olmos is best known for his Oscar-nominated performance in 'Stand and Deliver'. (ANI)

 
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