Stanley Tucci detailed his challenging battle and recovery after being diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2017, where his wife, Felicity Blunt, stood by him with unwavering support. .
The beloved 61-year-old actor – who is now cancer-free – recalls a traumatic time in his life after being diagnosed with cancer, where he underwent a 35-day radiotherapy program with him. with seven rounds of chemotherapy.
Tucci considers himself ‘incredibly lucky’ to be alive before being diagnosed, he was faced with excruciating pain in his jaw and was unable to comprehend what was happening to his body. ‘I scanned, but the scan missed. And of course, when you think maybe something is wrong, you also fear that something is wrong,’ he told PEOPLE.
Tucci’s first wife, Kate, died in a battle with breast cancer in 2009. She is 47 years old and the couple have three children: twins, Nicolo and Isabel, now 22, and Camila, 20 years old.
Felicity also has a famous older sister, Emily Blunt, who is married to John Krasinski from The Office. Picture (L to R): Nicolo, Isabel, Camila, Stanley, Emily and Felicity.
After self-advocacy and seeing many doctors, he was finally diagnosed with a 3-cm-long tumor on his tongue. “They couldn’t have surgery because the tumor was so big,” he said. ‘It’s a miracle it hasn’t metastasized. It’s been with me for too long. ‘
Tucci was unable to eat and was dependent on a food pipe during treatment, which also left his taste and smell devastated. A few months after finishing treatment in 2018, he gradually regained the strength to eat, which for him at the time was ‘the most enjoyable thing in the world’.
Tucci – who also has daughter Emilia, three, and son Matteo, seven, with wife of 10 years – said: ‘Felicity’s care, affection and undying encouragement got me through it.’ Pictured: Felicity in London, England, on March 9, 2022.
The Devil Wears Prada star still suffers from some lingering side effects from the treatment, but has mostly regained her sense of taste and smell. He notes that some foods still taste ‘exotic’ and spicy foods can hit his palate the wrong way, but he’s happy to heal and looks forward to sharing his passion Enjoy your cooking with friends and family. ‘I can’t be with someone who doesn’t care about food. I wouldn’t be attracted to them,’ he said.
Stanley is gearing up for season two of his CNN travel and food series, In Search of Italy, and lives in London with his wife and two children.