BBC newsreader George Alagiah’s cancer has spread

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BBC newsreader George Alagiah’s cancer has spread
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BBC newsreader George Alagiah’s cancer has spread. Alagiah plans to hit the cancer ‘hard and fast’ with a mixture of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

George Alagiah has decided to take a break from presenting. According to his agent, he needs the break to deal with “a further spread of cancer.”

Alagiah was originally diagnosed in 2014. The initial diagnosis was bowel cancer but this spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

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This will not be the first time that Alagiah has had to take a break. He previously battled his illness before returning to the BBC News At Six.

According to Alagiah’s agent he: “is to take a break from studio duties to deal with a further spread of cancer”.

“He was first diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in April 2014.”


Alagiah’s agent added: “In a letter to colleagues in the newsroom Mr Alagiah said his medical team had decided to hit the new tumour ‘hard and fast’.

“He is due to undergo a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next few months.

“He added that working on the programme ‘has kept me sane over the last few years’ and ‘I’m determined to come back’.”


Alagiah battled his bowel cancer with 17 rounds of chemotherapy.


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Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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