Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor has claimed he was visited by an “angel” after being diagnosed with a stage four prostate. cancer in 2018.
The 62-year-old rock star, who was told to prepare for end-of-life care, said he underwent “two rounds of new treatments” and was singing and dancing again.
Speaking on Lorraine on Monday, Andy joked that he’s “back from the living dead” and is “doing great”.
He said: “I am doing very well. I’ve had two rounds of treatment, I’m like the walking dead down to singing and dancing.
“When I was diagnosed five years ago, I only had a few years to live and I had to live with that, as did my family.
Opening: Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor revealed he was visited by an ‘angel’ after being diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer in 2018
‘An angel came to me’: The 62-year-old rock star, who was asked to prepare for end-of-life care, said he had undergone ‘two rounds of new treatments’ and had sung and danced again (LR Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor and John Taylor in 1981)
“After missing the biggest night of my life, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an angel clearly came to me.
“I didn’t know about this treatment, I thought I knew about it. Since then, many people have contacted cancer awareness and some are undergoing treatment.
“There is such a lack of awareness. Someone knows what’s going on, but they have to tell us.
Discussing his new solo music and playing on Duran Duran’s new album, Andy said he thought “this would be his last” release.
He continued: “I thought this would be my last album but now I’m thinking it’s not.
“I have always worked on music, the lyrics are sad but the music is uplifting.
“The inspiration comes from the conflict of Brexit and conflict of government and this comes from a deeper political policy.
“Duran Duran, there’s a new album I’m playing on, I did it in March/April before I started treatment. It took two days. I’ll curse myself if it takes more than three days at my age.
Treatment: Speaking on Lorraine on Monday, Andy joked that he’s “back from the living dead” and is “doing great”.
“I really have two albums coming out.”
It comes after Andy revealed his family found it mind-boggling that he was still alive after receiving new cancer treatment.
“This didn’t exist five years ago. [It was a case of] “you have five years on the clock.” Now I have five more years. So, I’m still…did I take a bullet?’
Andy added that he was radioactive after each session and couldn’t share a bed for three days.
The musician received praise from host Zoe for speaking so clearly about “men getting controlled”.
Earlier this year, Andy explained that he hoped to undergo “nuclear therapy” after receiving his diagnosis.
The star said he no longer expected to live long, but now expects to return to full physical fitness.
Taylor was offered the life-saving treatment after fellow band members revealed his frightening diagnosis in a letter read at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in November.
Andy, who left Duran Duran in 2006, told the Rockonteurs podcast: “I’m starting my nuclear therapy. I had tests and scans and all kinds of crazy science stuff.
“I also have a wonky gene, which was another surprise, but what it is, it’s nuclear medicine, so at the stage I’m at, which was stage four as fuck, in basically, this therapy came to the UK. Only recently. It’s very, very new.
He explained that the “new” drug can help him return to “full physical fitness” for at least “five years”.
He continued: “And it’s essentially nuclear medicine. It goes into your body and detects cancer outside of the cells and it only hits the cancer cells in your bones, mainly where it is in my home, and zaps them. But if there is a healthy cell next to it, it does not touch it.
“So it’s not curative, but it can collapse and then it has to start again and from what was sort of – I won’t even say the term they used on the thing – but I can get back into full physical shape. I’ll be fine for five years.
‘This didn’t exist five years ago’: Earlier this year Andy told how he was going to undergo ‘nuclear therapy’ after being diagnosed with cancer
“The group was great. We have a lot of things we’ve been working on under the radar. The solo album, I thought it was my last album, so that’s kind of where it changed.
The guitarist said offers of help poured in after his diagnosis, including a letter read aloud by the band’s singer Simon Le Bon during their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He added: “After that, a lot of very, very amazing people contacted me from all over the world.
“Here’s a guy called Sir Chris Evans, who looked at everything for me and said, ‘No, we can do a lot more for me.’ He did my genomics. He’s a genius. He’s a biochemist. A bit like an Elon Musk of cancer.
“And he took a very, very deep look at it, looked at the genomics and said ‘we can help you in many ways.’
And the treatment I receive is probably the best. Because I didn’t go (to the induction), I got my life back.
“I’ve never had chemotherapy, you know what happens with chemo if you’re a guitar player, your fingers can go.
“I’ve always been able to use pretty sophisticated medications and other medications, but you get to a point where it’s either this treatment or there’s nothing else that can clear it up.”
“And first of all, every time I go to see an oncologist or a urologist, I’m like, ‘Okay, we need to protect your fingers,’ and I’m like, ‘Great, that’s a good place to start,’ because it can destroy. .’
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