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Friends star James Michael Tyler’s manager shares update on his cancer battle

The actor, who played Gunther in the sitcom, is battling stage four prostate cancer


Friends star James Michael Tyler’s manager has shared an update on his cancer battle.

Earlier this week, the actor revealed he was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2018, and it has since spread to his bones.

The 59-year-old’s manager Toni Benson told PEOPLE magazine: “He’s going to fight this. Lately he’s been having amazing days. He’s done his second round of chemo and so far he is doing really well. And he’s hopeful it will be effective.”

“Though he’s wheelchair bound, he’s very mobile,” she added. “He has the most amazing attitude. I don’t think he’s going anywhere for a long time.”

Toni said that “besides his wife, his main focus is changing people’s lives” by raising awareness of prostate cancer.

“It’s so important to be checked and he wants to spread the word. He’s feeling very positive.”


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James, who played Gunther in Friends, shared his diagnosis on the TODAY show on Monday.

He said: “I’m here to let you know that in September of 2018, I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones.”

“I’ve been dealing with that diagnosis for almost the past three years. … It’s stage 4 (now). Late stage cancer. So eventually, you know, it’s gonna probably get me.”


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James said he is hoping to “save just one life” by telling his story, adding: “That’s my only reason for coming out like this and letting people know. That’s my new role.”

“A lot of men, if they catch this early, it’s easily treatable. I don’t want people to have to go through what I’ve been going through. This is not … an easy process.”

“Don’t give up. Keep fighting. Keep yourself as light as possible. And have goals. Set goals,” he urged. “My goal this past year was to see my 59th birthday. I did that, May 28th. My goal now is to help save at least one life by coming out with this news.”

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