Nick Robinson illness: BBC political editor's lung cancer worse than he thought

He said chemotherapy 'feels worse than having the disease, the surgery, and even losing my voice - I hate it, hate it, hate it'

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Nick Robinson, the BBC’s political editor, has revealed his lung cancer is worse than he had thought and that he is now undergoing chemotherapy.

In April, the 51-year-old broadcaster said he hoped to return to work full-time “fairly soon”, but this will not now happen until at least September. Since he was discharged following surgery, Mr Robinson has had to be readmitted to hospital on two occasions.

In an extract from his memoirs published by the Mail on Sunday, he wrote that chemotherapy “feels worse than having the disease, the surgery, and even losing my voice. I hate it, hate it, hate it”.

But he added: “The surgery got rid of the cancer and that’s what really matters. The chemotherapy is a precaution against its possible return. You have to be prepared to live with uncertainty – everybody does.

“My goal is to get healthy and to be ready, come autumn, to do my job regularly instead of occasionally.”

Mr Robinson said he “never thought I would die, genuinely” following his diagnosis.

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