Tyler, who made a short look on the ‘Mates’ reunion particular final month through Zoom, mentioned he selected to not reveal his prognosis in the course of the occasion
Actor James Michael Tyler, who performed Central Perk waiter Gunther on the hit sitcom “Mates”, mentioned he has stage 4 prostate most cancers and is present process chemotherapy.
The 59-year-old actor revealed he was identified with the illness in September 2018 after a routine check-up.
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“I used to be 56 years outdated on the time, and so they display for PSA, which is prostate-specific antigen. That got here again at an awfully excessive quantity… so I knew instantly after I went on-line and I noticed the outcomes of my blood check and blood work that there was clearly one thing fairly unsuitable there.
“Practically instantly, my physician known as me and mentioned, ‘Hey, I want you to return in tomorrow as a result of I believe that you could have fairly a major problem along with your prostate’,” Tyler mentioned in an interview with NBC’s As we speak present.
After he missed a check in the course of the pandemic, the most cancers unfold to his bones and he can not stroll.
“Late stage most cancers,” he informed host Craig Melvin. “Ultimately, you realize, it’s gonna in all probability get me,” the actor added.
Tyler, who made a short look on the “Mates” reunion particular final month through Zoom, mentioned he selected to not reveal his prognosis in the course of the occasion however was “comfortable to be included” in all of the festivities.
“It was bittersweet, truthfully… It was my resolution to not be part of that bodily and make an look on Zoom, principally, as a result of I didn’t wanna convey a downer on it, you realize? I didn’t wish to be like, ‘Oh, and by the way in which, Gunther has most cancers’,” he mentioned.
The actor additionally mentioned the solid and crew knew about his prognosis.
“David Schwimmer (who performed Ross Geller on the present) has corresponded with me through Instagram. The producers are conscious, they’ve been conscious for a very long time,” he mentioned.
Tyler additionally urged males to get examined early to have the ability to battle the illness by means of an early prognosis.
“There are different choices out there to males in the event that they catch it earlier than me. Subsequent time you go in for only a fundamental examination or your yearly checkup, please ask your physician for a PSA check. It’s simply detectable. If it spreads past the prostate to the bones, which is most prevalent in my type, it may be much more tough to take care of,” he added.