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Thursday 14 December 2017

I've beaten cancer, says thrilled Bee Gee Robin

Bee Gees star Robin Gibb has spoken about his "spectacular" cancer recovery and says: "I feel fantastic."

The star, who has looked increasingly gaunt in recent months due to the illness and a bowel condition, said he had now begun to put on weight.

There had been reports the singer, who has been behind dozens of chart hits, had been close to death after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

But he told BBC Radio 2 host Steve Wright that he feels better than he has for a decade.

"The prognosis is that it's almost gone and I feel fantastic and really from now on it's just what they could describe as a 'mopping-up' operation," he said. "I am very active and my sense of well-being is good."







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He suggested that reports about his health had been conjecture. "I mean the fact is, I've never spoken to anybody about my condition or the condition that I was in and a lot of them go over the top to the point where they're telling me things that I didn't even know about myself."

Gibb has had repeated health problems due to a twisted bowel, a condition that led to the death of his twin brother Maurice nine years ago, at the age of 53. But after several periods of ill health, he was also found to be suffering colon cancer.

Gibb (62) said his bounce-back had amazed medical staff.

He said: "Well, it's all simple. I was diagnosed with a growth in my colon. It was removed.

"And I've been treated for that by a brilliant doctor, and in their own words 'the results have been spectacular'. And they said 'What are you doing that we don't know about?', and I said I'm not doing anything and in fact I haven't taken a single tablet.

"I feel better than I did 10 years ago. I'm active, my appetite's fantastic, the plumbing is all in perfect working order."

He told Wright that he had begun to put on weight, adding: "I love food, I love eating."

Gibb said his slender appearance had been a constant in his life. "I've always been thin. If you go back to when we first started I've always been skinny. It's hard to put on weight."

Gibb is soon to release a classical concept album about the sinking of the Titanic.

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