Dolph Lundgren has shared the sad news that he’s been battling cancer for eight years.
The action movie star, 65, who is perhaps best known for his portrayal as Ivan Drago, the titular character’s nemesis in the Rocky films, has said that he blames his steroid use for leading to his cancer battle.
Speaking on In Depth with Graham Besinger, the actor revealed that he was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015.
At the time he had surgery to remove the cancer, which was successful, and went into remission. He then remained in good health until more tumours were discovered in 2020.
Sharing the scary news, Dolph said: “In 2020, I was back in Sweden and I had some kind of acid reflux, I didn’t know what it was so I did an MRI.
“They found that there were a few more tumours around that area. They found one more tumour in the liver, so I was like aw s*** okay.”
Dolph shared that he was then told he had about two to three years to live, although added that he was particularly bitter about this as he’s had a great life.
The actor then received a second opinion from oncologist Dr. Alexandra Drakaki, who placed Dolph in treatment to shrink the tumour, which has been a huge success with the tumour having now shrunk to 90 per cent of its original size.
Continuing, he revealed that he blamed his previous use of steroids for the illness, as he said: “I tried steroids back in the 80s, 90s. I don’t know if that is something to do with the cancer, of course it struck me as it could have something to do with it.”
“I thought about it, you always think you’ve made a mistake. I think maybe there is some connection between testosterone therapy and cancer.
“I was on steroids when I was younger, on and off for maybe ten years. Depending on the kind of movie I made.”
After the news of Dolph’s cancer battle became public, fans were quick to take to social media to share their well-wishes, with one writing: “Aw man as the world’s #1 Dolph Lundgren Appreciator this news hit me like a pile of bricks, I hope his treatment continues to show results in a positive direction.”
“Oh man I’m so sorry for him I hope he’s all right I will pray for him” added another, and a third wrote: “I’m so glad he’s doing better now! You got this Mr. Lundgren!”
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