Stanley Tucci is giving credit to his wife, Felicity Blunt, for supporting him through one of the most difficult points of his life.
The actor also says he counts himself “incredibly lucky” to be alive after his battle with cancer.
Tucci was diagnosed with cancer at the base of his tongue in 2017. The Oscar nominee went through a 25-day radiation treatment as well as seven chemotherapy sessions. The treatments took a toll on his senses of taste and smell, and left him dependent on a feeding tube for his meals.
Before Tucci was diagnosed, he spent two years living with tremendous pain in his jaw.
“I had a scan, but the scan missed it. And of course, when you think that there might be something wrong, you’re also afraid that there is something wrong,” Tucci detailed.
After getting multiple opinions, The Devil Wears Prada actor was diagnosed with a three-centimeter tumor on his tongue.
“They couldn’t do surgery because the tumor was so big. It’s a miracle that it didn’t metastasize. It had been in me so long,” recalled Tucci.
Tucci eventually began to regain his strength and the ability to eat on his own after his treatments ended in 2018, which he said was “just the most exciting thing in the world.”
The actor told People, “Felicity’s undying attention, affection and encouragement got me through it.”
Tucci is now cancer-free! Season 2 of his CNN food and travel series, Searching for Italy, is set to air this spring.
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