Living Ventures boss Tim Bacon has gone public with his long-running fight against cancer.
Bacon told business magazine Insider that he’s been fighting lymphoma for 14 years and was diagnosed earlier this year with advanced melanoma.
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“The first lump I got was in my groin. I kept going to the doctor and didn’t feel well. Eventually I had it removed and it came back as lymphoma,” he said. “I was 36 and when you first get cancer you think that’s the end of the world and I’ll be dead in a year. As it turned out it was a non-Hodgkin lymphoma vernacular. Nothing much happened for 11 years. They did a bit of radiotherapy on a lump. I did some chemo a couple of years back.
“Then I had a lump under my arm on holiday last October. In January, I got diagnosed with melanoma which is a whole lot more serious. It’s internal so it’s not on the skin so they can’t get rid of it.”
But Bacon insists he is doing everything he can to counter the condition by changing his diet, his fitness regime and by trialling a new drug called Ipilimumab. Bacon is also being treated at Manchester’s renowned Christie Hospital.
“I lost 10kg in the space of six weeks,” he told Insider. “I had three major operations in four weeks. I refuse to get fazed by it. It’s one of those things in life. You do what you do.
“It’s business as usual. I’ve gone down to a three-day week. I fundamentally believe if you can find a way through it you will find a way through it.”
Everyone at ILM wishes Tim well, and has nothing but respect for the man. A total gent. You can read our recent interview with Tim Bacon here.