Sam Neill shares he's 'not afraid of dying' amid heartbreaking cancer update

Sam Neill

Sam Neill has shared an update

Sarra Gray

By Sarra Gray

Published: 16/10/2023

- 17:11

Sam Neill has given an update on his cancer after trying various treatments

Actor Sam Neill, 76, was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer last year.

He has opened up about where he is with the illness.

The actor was given his diagnosis after he noticed swollen glands last year.

He was soon told he had angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma.

Sam Neill

The actor has spoken on his condition


Sam has regularly given updates on his cancer.

Earlier this year he revealed he was receiving treatment for the stage three blood cancer.

However, he has opened up on the condition and said chemotherapy failed to work.

He shared he was in a "fight for his life" while speaking with Australian Story.

He praised a new experimental drug that has been helping him fight off his cancer, but knows it won't work forever.

Sam added he is not afraid of dying, however.

He said: "I'm not in any way frightened of dying.

"That doesn't worry me. It's never worried me from the beginning, but I would be annoyed.

Sam Neill

He has said he's 'not afraid' of dying


"I'd be annoyed because there are things I still want to do.

"Very irritating, dying. But I'm not afraid of it."

Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma is a rare cancer with a five year survival rate of 33 per cent.

It has symptoms including swollen lymph nodes, a high temperature, itching and weight loss, according to Cancer Research UK.

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