Alagiah’s update on his health condition comes two months after he was diagnosed of COVID-19.
The 64-year-old was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 and later said it had spread to his lymph nodes and liver.
Speaking to The Times, Alahiah said: ‘My doctors have never used the word “chronic” or “cure” about my cancer. ‘They’ve never used the word “terminal” either. I’ve always said to my oncologist, “Tell me when I need to sort my affairs out”, and he’s not told me that, but what he did tell me is that the cancer is now in a third organ. It is in my lungs.’
He added: ‘I said to my doctor, “You’re going to have to do the worrying for me.” I don’t want to fill my mind with worry. I just know that he’s a clever guy, doing everything he can.’
George also revealed that the chemotherapy he has been having has increased as a result of the cancer spreading to other organs.
He said: ‘I don’t want to trivialise because I seem to have had a mild dose, but actually, the very fact that we [cancer patients] are living with cancer I think gives us an edge.
‘We’ve confronted those difficult, dark moments in our life. And in some ways, I think that we, those of us living with cancer, are stronger because we kind of know what it is like to go into something where the outcomes are uncertain.
‘And I certainly feel that having had that experience, in my case six years as a cancer patient, I went into this feeling actually quite strong. ‘If I can live with cancer, I can certainly live with Covid-19.’