This picturesque woodland escape with its own pond is on the market for €225,000
This picturesque woodland escape with its own pond is on the market for €225,000

Sarah Finnan

‘Not just a headache’: It’s time to talk about migraine
‘Not just a headache’: It’s time to talk about migraine

Grace McGettigan

September 26: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
September 26: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds

Sarah Finnan

‘Everyone thinks my narcissistic mother-in-law is amazing. I feel so alone’
‘Everyone thinks my narcissistic mother-in-law is amazing. I feel so alone’

Amanda Cassidy

What is ‘kaizen’ and how can it change my life?
What is ‘kaizen’ and how can it change my life?

Amanda Cassidy

My new parenting style is called ‘backing off’
My new parenting style is called ‘backing off’

Amy Lynch

My Career: Spoken word poet Felispeaks
My Career: Spoken word poet Felispeaks

Felicia Olusanya

Wellness Diaries: change and transformation coach and author Niamh Ennis
Wellness Diaries: change and transformation coach and author Niamh Ennis

Niamh Ennis

Real Weddings: Food blogger Ellen Lunney’s summer wedding in Co Wicklow
Real Weddings: Food blogger Ellen Lunney’s summer wedding in Co Wicklow

Shayna Sappington

The IMAGE Business of Beauty 2022 winners are…
The IMAGE Business of Beauty 2022 winners are…

Sarah Finnan

Image / Agenda

James Michael Tyler: Friends’ Gunther reveals cancer diagnosis

With all the talk of the Friends Reunion, one of the stars of the show has urged other men to get screened for prostate cancer as he revealed he has an advanced stage of the disease.


by Jennifer McShane
21st Jun 2021
James Michael Tyler: Friends’ Gunther reveals cancer diagnosis

 

Friends star James Michael Tyler, who played Central Perk waiter Gunther, has said he has stage four prostate cancer.

In an interview with NBC’s Today show, the 59-year-old revealed he was diagnosed in September 2018 after a routine physical examination.

The cancer has advanced and since spread to the actor’s bones and he can no longer walk. He is undergoing chemotherapy and has urged other men to get checked for PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen), which screens for prostate cancer.

He said the condition can be “easily treatable” if caught early, saying: “I don’t want people to have to go through what I’ve been through. Eventually,  it’s gonna probably get me,” he told host Craig Melvin.

Almost 4,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year in Ireland. This means that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime.

It was during some routine testing three years ago, he received his abnormal results.  “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,” he said, speaking about his diagnosis.

“Nearly immediately, my doctor called me and said, ‘I need you to come in tomorrow because I suspect that you may have quite a serious problem with your prostate.'”

He also explained his cancer stopped him from appearing in person during last month’s Friends reunion, which he instead joined via Zoom.

“It was bittersweet, honestly. I was very happy to be included. It was my decision not to be a part of that physically and make an appearance on Zoom, basically, because I didn’t want to bring a downer on it?”

“There are other options available to men if they catch it before me,” he said. “My goal this past year was to see my 59th birthday.

“I did that.  My goal now is to help save at least one life by coming out with this news.”