I admire his optimism but this won't end well. Pancreatic cancer is a bastard. He was wonderful as Quentin Crisp.
Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The 75-year-old, who was Oscar-nominated for his role in 1980's The Elephant Man, said he would continue working despite the diagnosis.
"I am undergoing treatment and am more than optimistic about a satisfactory outcome, as indeed is the medical team," he told the Press Association.
Hurt, who starred as the War Doctor in Doctor Who in 2013, added he would continue with his professional work.
"I am continuing to focus on my professional commitments and will shortly be recording Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (one of life's small ironies!) for BBC Radio 4," he said.
The actor said wanted to announce his diagnosis to the press because he had "always been open about the way in which I conduct my life and in that spirit I would like to make a statement".