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Bill Turnbull, 64, gives an update on living with terminal prostate cancer

‘I have good days and bad days’: Bill Turnbull, 64, gives an update on living with terminal prostate cancer and says working ‘helps him’ cope

  • Three years ago, the broadcaster was diagnosed with the incurable illness 
  • The disease has since spread to his spine, ribs, pelvis, hips and legs
  • Speaking on GMB on Tuesday, he admitted he has ‘good and bad days’ 
  • Earlier this year, Bill admitted he is ‘very, very calm’ about the prospect of dying and revealed why he has come to terms with living with his illness 

Bill Turnbull has revealed he has ‘good and bad days’ amid his battle with prostate cancer, three years after being diagnosed with the incurable illness. 

The broadcaster, 64, who hosts a Classic FM show from 10am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, during which he admitted being able to work helps him.

Earlier this year, Bill gave an update as he admitted he is ‘very, very calm’ about the prospect of dying and revealed why he has come to terms with living with his illness.

Tough times: Bill Turnbull has revealed he has ‘good and bad days’ amid his battle with prostate cancer, three years after being diagnosed with the incurable illness

When Piers asked: ‘How are you getting on? We’ve been following your illness’, he responded: ‘I’m OK. Good days and bad days, that sort of thing. I’m very much helped I can still work and do my show on Classic FM’.    

Earlier this year, dad-of-three Bill revealed he is determined to treasure every moment so that when the end of his life comes he feels prepared.

Bill shared: ‘I’ve thought a great deal about death since I was diagnosed with cancer because he’s there, y’know – the fella with the hood over his head and the scythe. He’s waiting, and that’s fine.’ 

Four years after stepping down from BBC Breakfast, Bill was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer diagnosed in November 2017.

Candid: The broadcaster, 64, spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, during which he admitted being able to work helps him

Candid: The broadcaster, 64, spoke to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain on Thursday, during which he admitted being able to work helps him

The disease has since spread to his spine, ribs, pelvis, hips and legs.

After nine gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, Bill is now receiving treatments including hormone therapy and radium injections to attack the tumours in his bones.

The journalist continued: ‘I’ve developed quite a healthy relationship with death, I feel very, very calm about it because I’ve given it a lot of thought. There’s no way I’m going to imagine I can live forever, nor would I really want to.’

That was then: In February this year, Bill joined Susanna to co-host on Good Morning Britain

That was then: In February this year, Bill joined Susanna to co-host on Good Morning Britain

Bill has been with wife Sarah since 1988 and they share children Henry, 32, Will, 31, and Flora, 28.

In February this year, Bill joined Susanna to co-host on Good Morning Britain.

He told the presenter why living with cancer has made ‘every moment of life is a joy.’

He said: ‘The things you thought were important aren’t really. You do see things more intensely and start to look at things you might not have done otherwise, because you realise there’s more to life than rushing from A to B to do C.

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