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Stanley Tucci reveals he beat cancer, was on a feeding tube for 6 months

Stanley Tucci reveals he beat cancer, was on a feeding tube for 6 months

Stanley Tucci 2011 French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) Trophee Des Arts Gala Gala

Stanley Tucci shared in a new interview that he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent successful treatment three years ago.

The actor told Vera that doctors discovered a large tumor at the base of his tongue. “It was too big to operate, so they had to do high-dose radiation and chemo. I’d vowed I’d never do anything like that, because my first wife died of cancer, and to watch her go through those treatments for years was horrible,” he said, referring to Kate Spath-Tucci, who died in 2009.

“The kids were great, but it was hard for them,” he said. “I had a feeding tube for six months. I could barely make it to the twins’ high school graduation.” Tucci is a father of five: he has three children from his marriage to Spath-Tucci, and two younger children with Felicity Blunt, his wife since 2012.

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Stanley Tucci attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 press day at Chelsea Flower Show on May 20, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Tucci said that his cancer is unlikely to come back. “[Cancer] makes you more afraid and less afraid at the same time. I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to get ahead and get things done,” Tucci said.

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Tucci currently stars in the Apple TV+ animated comedy Central Park, and hosts the CNN culinary series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy. He also recently starred opposite Colin Firth in the British romantic drama Supernova.

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