The popular Gunther star from the iconic NBC sitcom Friends, James Michael Tyler, discloses stage 4 cancer and is now partially paralyzed due to its spread.
We are deeply saddened to update Friends star James Michael Tyler has been fighting stage four prostate cancer for almost 3 years since September 2018.
On his NBC program, the 59-year-old star notably portrayed Central Perk’s Gunther for the entire history of its run.
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During an appearance on the Today Show on 21st June, James said:
I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones. I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. … It’s stage 4 (now). Late stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.
I was 56 years old at the time, and they screen for PSA, which is prostate-specific antigen. That came back at an extraordinarily high number … So I knew immediately when I went online and I saw the results of my blood test and blood work that there was obviously something quite wrong there. Nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said ‘Hey, I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.’
James began a procedure that worked stunningly for nearly a year. He explained all he needed to do was take the medication in the morning and at night, and his life was back to normal, and he was starting to feel fine.
The actor says he didn’t have any symptoms, and he didn’t feel any symptoms. And it was very simple to control.
Sadly, his cancer spread to his bones right around the same time the pandemic began, resulting in paralysis in the bottom half of his body. He missed going in for a test, which was unfortunate. So, cancer began to mutate during the pandemic, and thus it has progressed.
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There are other options available to men if they catch it before me. Next time you go in for just a basic exam or your yearly checkup, please ask your doctor for a PSA test. It’s easily detectable.
It can be much harder to cure if it extends much beyond the prostate to the bones, which is most common in his form. We wish James Michael Tyler a speedy recovery!