Coronation Street's Gray O'Brien 'devastated' following tonsil cancer diagnosis
"I now have a long way to go with my recovery."
Coronation Street's Gray O'Brien said that he was "devastated" to discover he had stage four tonsil cancer.
The actor, who is best known for his role as Tony Gordon in the ITV soap, was diagnosed with the illness earlier this year.
He has since reached the end of his treatment considering of 30 courses of radiotherapy.
“When I received the diagnosis of tonsil cancer I was of course devastated – it’s cancer," said O'Brien.
“This is only the treatment finished. I now have a long way to go with my recovery (...) I have been advised it will get worse before it gets better, and I have no reason to doubt this.
“The accuracy of the medical advice I have received with regards to the treatment and how it’s progressed has been spot-on so far."
O'Brien shared a video of himself ringing a hospital bell to signify the end of his treatment and the next chapter of his life - recovery.
“Even though I was told what to expect after the chemotherapy and what to expect after 30 rounds of radiotherapy I wasn’t sure how my body would react," he said.
About 3 months ago a trip to the doctors with swollen glands led to stage four tonsil cancer. Today marks the end of my treatment & I couldn't be more thankful to everyone who has supported me along the way. @Beatson_Charity @CRUK_BI #CancerAwareness #tonsilcancer #staystrong👊 pic.twitter.com/yF4AikGfm4
— Gray O'Brien (@RealGrayOBrien) November 25, 2019
"And now six weeks later I have been able to cope with it and I was able to ring the bell."
O'Brien is best known for his role as Corrie's Tony, where he played the villainous businessman from 2007 to 2010.
The Scottish actor has also appeared in Casualty and River City.