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Only Fools and Horses actor Patrick Murray ‘cured’ of lung cancer after chemotherapy: ‘I’m over the moon’

Only Fools and Horses actor Patrick Murray has shared a positive update about his cancer battle.

The 65-year-old, who is best known for playing wide-boy Mickey Pearce in the beloved sitcom, was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2021 and underwent an operation in October to remove the tumour.

He then went through a round of chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from returning.

Murray thanked his followers for their ‘lovely messages’ and explained his health status in several tweets on Sunday, writing: ‘During this chemo , another tumour was discovered in my liver.

‘Luckily for me this cancer was unconnected to the lung cancer and was also treatable.

I had a procedure called TACE to deal with this .’

Patrick Murray tweet
Patrick Murray as Mickey Pearce and Nicholas Lyndhurst as Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses

TACE (transarterial chemoembolisation) is a treatment for liver cancer that uses a combination of chemotherapy and an agent (small plastic beads) to block the blood vessels supplying the tumour (embolisation). 

This treatment is usually used to control the cancer, rather than cure it. 

However, Murray then shared: ‘Last friday l saw my oncologist She told me the lung cancer was cured and that the tumour in my liver was shrinking [sic].’ 

Only Fools And Horses stars Patrick Murray and John Challis
Patrick Murray seen during the Only Fools and Horses Press

He added: ‘It’s not over yet , but as you can imagine I am over the moon with this latest news.

‘Thanks to the brilliant doctors and nurses of our NHS ,I will hopefully I be there ,at next years convention [sic].’

Patrick played Mickey in 20 episodes of Only Fools and Horses, which ran for 22 years on BBC One until 2003, and was known for his petty crime and dealing black market goods.

Once the iconic series ended, Murray went on to star in big screen movies such as The Firm and Curse of The Pink Panther, but he later quit acting and worked as a taxi driver in Kent. He was later forced to retire completely due to health issues.

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