Media Show's Steve Hewlett tells of toughest part of cancer diagnosis


The Media Show presenter Steve Hewlett has revealed the toughest part of being diagnosed with cancer was the moment it showed him how much he meant to his family.

The Guardian journalist and broadcaster said he never "imagined seriously" that he would get cancer after routine blood tests came back with worrying results. But he later discovered he had a stage 4, advanced adenocarcinoma.

He told Radio Times: "Once it became clear that because the cancer had already spread there was no 'curative' surgical option, the prognosis was somewhere between not very good and totally uncertain.

Routine blood tests showed more serious results for Steve.

"And it was when telling my children and other close loved ones that I realised something that has really stuck with me. I knew what they all meant to me but not what I meant to them.

"The looks in their eyes as they contemplated my mortality will stay with me forever."

But he said being open with his family was crucial, adding: "I'm absolutely convinced that the more we talk about cancer, the better it is for all concerned.

"In the end I'm sure telling them everything - good and bad - is right.

Read the full story in today's Radio Times.