First Dates star Merlin Griffiths reveals 'frustrating' setback in cancer battle | The Sun

FIRST Dates barman Merlin Griffiths has shared a "frustrating" update on his ongoing cancer battle saying he went to hospital for a few procedures due to a "setback".

The telly favourite, 47, who has bowel cancer, first had surgery in April to remove a tumour.

Speaking Metro, 46 year old Merlin said: "I was operated on in April, late April, as you might recall.

"It’s been a long, slow road to recovery. I got myself up and around [because] you’re supposed to do what’s called active recovery these days."

"That was all going well. I had a minor setback so I was in for a couple of procedures."

Merlin explained his body "doesn't heal the same way it used to" due to his radiotherapy treatment which is used to kill cancer cells.


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The star said he was under doctors' orders to now take it easy and "not to overdo it so active recovery takes a backseat."

Merlin last updated fans on his health journey in April, writing: "Thank you NHS for literally saving my life."

He added: "Tubes outta everywhere. Aches and pains. But no tumour!"

Merlin, who lives with partner Lucile and sevenyear-old daughter Alix, shot to fame in 2013 when he joined the cast of Channel 4's First Dates.

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He was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2021 after getting a pain in his stomach he thought was linked to a car accident he had aged 20.

Doctors said he has a 75 per cent chance of living beyond five years and faces a year of treatment.

Fans posted messages of support.

One said: "So strong! If you can stay calm through the night there's a brighter day."

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