Stanley Tucci reveals he struggled to eat during cancer treatment
- Actor Stanley Tucci reveals he lost the ability to eat and taste while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy to treat oral cancer.
- Tucci admits he even struggled to eat while filming his CNN food series Stanley Tucci: In search of Italy.
- The actor’s last book Taste: My life through food, is out now.
The latest book by actor Stanley Tucci Taste: My life through food, released today, revealed more details about his battle with oral cancer.
The 60-year-old recently opened approximately her past cancer diagnosis in an interview with Vera, where he admitted doctors discovered a tumor at the base of his tongue three years ago. To treat the large tumor, Tucci underwent radiation therapy and high-dose chemotherapy, which caused him to need a feeding tube for six months.
During radiation therapy, Tucci was strapped to a board at a New York City hospital with a specially designed surgical mask covering his face to prevent movement, and a bite block in his mouth with just a small opening so he could breathe. , did he declare. The New York Times. âIt was horrible,â Tucci said in the interview.
To make matters worse,The the devil wears Prada star started to feel dizzy after three sessions of radiation therapy (which can cause nausea in itself). After only a week, his mouth started to fill with ulcers and everything he tasted was like wet cardboard “smeared with someone’s feces,” he said.
What Tucci feared most during this experience was losing his sense of taste forever. “I mean, if you can’t eat and enjoy the food, how are you going to enjoy everything else?” He said in the interview.
But just because he couldn’t taste it didn’t mean he had stopped exploring his love for food. Even as the actor toured Italy as part of his six-part CNN series Stanley Tucci: In Search of Italy, he was having trouble eating and was still recovering from intensive cancer treatment. âIt was difficult because I could taste everything, but I couldn’t necessarily swallow,â he said.
On one particular day of filming where Tucci found himself with the traditional Tuscan dish of Steak Florentina, he recalled, “I had to chew for 10 minutes to get it in my throat.” In other cases, during filming, he admitted that he just needed to get rid of the food completely.
But Tucci was determined to finish the show despite these difficulties. âThere was no way I couldn’t do it,â he said. The New York Times. âI had wanted to tell the story of Italy and the disparate cuisine of each region for a long time.
During his recovery, Tucci even continued to cook for those close to him. He has already cooked risotto for his Supernova co-star Colin Firth, where Tucci was “convinced it tasted horrible and was mortified,” Firth said, according to Tucci. âHe just didn’t taste what we were. You must have imagined how painful it was because most of the time he had a very brave and down to earth face.
Tucci also turned to cooking shows during tough times in his life, and admits it was “weird because even the smell of food would just make me want to throw up. But I loved watching them.” he said. “I just wanted to know more, to live vicariously through them. It was a way I was going to have it again.
Now that the cancer is in remission, Tucci says the situation has some benefits. Since his radiation therapy he has found he can digest lactose and sugar, which he had struggled with since his twenties. Although he is not sure why this change happened. Meanwhile, he says he can’t wait to eat all the foods that are still too hard to eat very soon, like steak, sushi, and pad thai.
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