Parky ‘well’ after illness

Sir Michael Parkinson
Sir Michael Parkinson

Veteran South Yorkshire broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson has revealed he is ‘doing well’ since recovering from cancer.

The former chat show host, born in Cudworth, Barnsley, gave an update on his progress while backing a new campaign to lift restrictions on a life-extending prostate cancer drug.

Sir Michael, aged 78, was diagnosed with the condition last year.

Having caught it early, he was quickly given a course of radiotherapy.

He has now hit out at a decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to restrict access to enzalutamide, a tablet which can increase chances of survival by a third.

The drug is available to NHS patients in Scotland, but not elsewhere, as treatment costs up to £25,000.

Sir Michael said the decision was ‘illogical’ in an open letter sent out by the charity Prostate Cancer UK, which is launching an appeal called Men United Versus Prostate Cancer.

“Prostate cancer is a shock for any man, but luckily for me they were able to treat it and my doctors say I am doing well. But for 10,000 men every year the outcome is fatal,” he said.

“I want to help change the statistics. As a first action, let’s try to reverse the recent illogical decision to restrict access to enzalutamide.”

Sir Michael added: “Men at the end of their life need more options, not fewer.

“Every day when I wake up I know I’m lucky to be here. But I want luck to be left out of the equation in future.”

n Visit Men United for more details or to sign up.