Steve Hewlett reveals he has weeks to live

BBC Radio 4 Media Show host Steve Hewlett has announced he has only weeks, maybe months left to live.

Steve was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus last year and has been very public about his condition, writing a diary of his recent treatment online.

Speaking to Eddie Mair on PM from his hospital bed in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, the 58-year-old explained his treatment for the disease can no longer continue. He also revealed he has married his partner Rachel in the hospital room he’s staying in within an hour after being told that chemotherapy and radiotherapy had failed due to problems with his liver.

“This is probably the quickest and the cheapest wedding ever to have taken place here,” said Steve. “The nurses managed to produce bunches of flowers, a wedding cake, and a couple of bottles of Prosecco appeared from goodness knows where.”

Talking about the diagnosis Steve said: “It took me a little while to dawn on me what was being said. It doesn’t go straight in and register. Oh wait a minute she’s saying I could pop off at any time. I could be gone in hours, this could be curtains.”

Have a listen to the emotional interview below or on the BBC iPlayer.

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