BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones reveals eye cancer diagnosis

BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones has revealed he has cancer, just days after confirming he had been diagnosed as suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

The 61-year-old technology correspondent is set to have specialist radiotherapy for a cancerous eye tumour known as a choroidal melanoma.

The problem, which was picked up in a routine test 14 years ago, has affected the vision in his left eye.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “I keep being asked if I’m shocked about my Parkinson’s diagnosis, but you need to put it in context. The Parkinson’s can feel like the least of my worries.

“The melanoma has felt shocking and frightening. After the diagnosis I did a lot of Googling which I had to stop. I’ve realised I’m in the hands of experts and I’ve never asked about a prognosis. In comparison, Parkinson’s – at least while my symptoms are mild – doesn’t feel as bad.”

Earlier this week, the journalist shared his recent diagnosis for Parkinson’s disease after viewers noticed him shaking on air.

In response to a series of online good luck messages, Mr Cellan-Jones said he has got used to 14 years of trips to an NHS eye hospital where he has received “world class” care.

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