Stanley Tucci – who’s well known for his roles in The Hunger Games, The Devil Wears Prada and Supernova, revealed that was diagnosed with tongue cancer three years ago and has since successfully treated it. In a vulnerable interview with Vera Magazine, Tucci shared that during his cancer battle he was forced to use a feeding tube for six months.
Speaking to the publication, Tucci shared that the tumour was at the base of his tongue.
“It was too big to operate, so they had to do high-dose radiation and chemo,” he says. “I’d vowed I’d never do anything like that, because my first wife died of cancer, and to watch her go through those treatments for years was horrible.”
Tucci lost his first wife, Kate Spath-Tucci, to a battle with breast cancer in 2009 when she was aged 47. The actor shares three children with Kate, twins Isabel Concetta Tucci and Nicolo Robert Tucci and Camilla Tucci. Isabel and Nicole were nine when their mother passed and Camilla was seven. Tucci revealed that he was devastated to put his children through another cancer battle concerning their parents.
“The kids were great, but it was hard for them,” he said. “I had a feeding tube for six months. I could barely make it to the twins’ high school graduation.”
Thankfully, the cancer treatment that Tucci received was successful. Though he shared his relief about his current state, Tucci revealed that cancer gave him a new perspective on life.
“[Cancer] makes you more afraid and less afraid at the same time. I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to get ahead and get things done.”
Since his first wife’s passing, Tucci found happiness with Felicity Blunt, the sister of his “The Devil Wears Prada” co-star Emily Blunt. The pair married in 2012 and have since had two children together, Matteo Oliver, 6, and Emilia Giovanna, 3.
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