Duran Duran star Andy Taylor received end-of-life care after cancer diagnosis08/27/2023
Duran Duran star Andy Taylor was receiving end-of-life care after being diagnosed with prostate cancer.
The musician, 62, was diagnosed with incurable stage four prostate cancer in 2018, and was told he needed palliative care – to make him comfortable at the end of his life.
Incredibly, Andy pulled through, and five years later his stage four cancer is ‘asymptomatic’ as he recently discovered a new treatment, allowing him to carry on doing what he loves – including releasing a new album next month.
It’s an unbelievable improvement to his condition after the guitarist was too ill to attend Duran Duran’s induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year with the rest of his bandmates.
The star explained his almost miraculous recovery to The Times, explaining he ‘was classified as palliative, end-of-life care … and now I’m not, I’m asymptomatic.’
He met scientist Christopher Evans, who he described as the ‘Elon Musk of cancer,’ who provided him with a treatment specifically targeting cancer cells, and he received his first session two weeks ago.
The treatment is far from easy however, as the intravenous administration of radioactive chemicals leaves him ‘radioactive’ for several days afterwards.
Recalling his initial diagnosis, he says he was at his ‘lowest’ when he thought about saying goodbye to his family.
‘Psychologically it’s mind-blowing — you can’t have therapy to remove the certainty of death.’
He kept his diagnosis private for four years, revealing it through Duran Duran reading a letter from him to fans during the Hall of Fame induction.
While he’s now looking ahead to the future, he denied that he had any plans to return to Duran Duran, saying ‘I’m not going to rejoin the band.’
He added, however, that he could be open to a part-time opportunity – ‘but as I keep reminding people, you have to be asked.’
Andy was first diagnosed with stage four metastatic prostate cancer in 2018, with his condition described as ‘incurable but not immediately life-threatening’.
The English guitarist and songwriter shot to fame in the 1980s as part of the New Romantic pop group on their first three Platinum-selling albums.
Duran Duran achieved two UK number ones and 14 UK top 10 singles during their heyday, also producing 11 top 10 albums in that time.
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