Andy Taylor has revealed that he hopes to undergo ‘nuclear therapy’ after being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer.
The Duran Duran star, 62, who revealed he had been diagnosed with stage four incurable metastatic prostate cancer, said who has gone from not expecting to have a long life to expect to be back in top shape.
Taylor was offered the life-saving treatment after the other band members revealed their terrifying diagnosis in a letter read at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in November.
Taylor told the Rockonteurs podcast: ‘I’m starting my nuclear therapy. I’ve been having tests and scans and all sorts of far science stuff.
“I also have a crooked gene, which was another surprise, but what it is, it’s a nuclear medicine, so at the stage I’m at, which was stage four basically, this therapy came to the UK recently. It’s very, very new.
Update: Andy Taylor, 62, has revealed he hopes to undergo ‘nuclear therapy’ after being diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer
Health update: The Duran Duran star said he went from not expecting to have long to live to hoping to get back in shape (pictured in 2017)
He explained that the ‘new’ drug can help get you back into ‘top physical shape’ for at least ‘five years’.
He continued: ‘And essentially it’s nuclear medicine. It goes into your body and detects cancer on the outside of the cells and just hits the cancer cells in your bones, which is mostly where it is with me, and kills them off. But if there is a healthy cell next to it, it does not touch it.
“So, it’s not healing, but it can knock you out and then you have to start over and for what it was, I won’t even say the term they used to have, but I can get back into shape.” I’ll be fine for five years.
‘The band has been great. We have a lot of things that we’ve been working on under the radar. The solo album, I thought was my last album, so that’s where it changed.
The guitarist said offers of help flooded him after his diagnosis, including a letter read aloud by the band’s lead singer Simon Le Bon at his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
He added: ‘After that, a lot of really, really amazing people contacted me from all over the world. you
‘Here’s a guy called Sir Chris Evans, who took a look at everything for me and said, ‘No, there’s a lot more we can do for me.’ He did my genomics. He is a genius. He is a biochemist. He is something like a cancer Elon Musk.
‘And he looked at it very, very deeply, and he looked at the genomics and said ‘there are a number of ways we can help you.’
So sad: Taylor revealed that he had been diagnosed with stage four incurable metastatic prostate cancer in November of last year (pictured in 2003)
Taylor said: ‘I’m starting my nuclear therapy. I’ve been having tests and scans and all sorts of far science stuff. It’s nuclear medicine, so the stage I’m at, which was stage four basically, this therapy came to the UK recently. It’s very, very new. (Pictured (L-R) Roger Taylor, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Simon Le Bon)
And the treatment I’m receiving is probably the best. Since I didn’t go (to the induction), I got my life back.
“I’ve never had chemo, you know what happens with chemo if you’re a guitarist, your fingers can go. I’ve always been able to use pretty fancy drugs and stuff, but you get to a point where it’s either this treatment or there’s nothing else that’s going to take it out.
“And the first thing, every time I go to see an oncologist or a urologist it’s like, ‘Okay, we’ve got to protect your fingers,’ and I’m like, ‘Great, that’s a good place to start,’ because it can actually destroy them.”
Taylor also said that a visit by Le Bon to his home in Ibiza inspired him to get back to working on the band’s music and hinted that new tracks could appear soon.
He added: ‘Simon and Yasmin came to Ibiza and brought my prize. They just arrived with a large magnum of fantastic vintage Dom Perignon.
“I was filming with them and he was in my study room at home and we were sitting there listening to music and stuff.
I turned on the studio and he said, “Can I go to work?” I said “Anytime mate.” So about five or six days later, he called me up and said, “We’re going to do this album that’s based on Halloween but looking back at the stuff that was pretty influential on everyone and reworking some of Duran’s tracks that are kind of dark like Night Boat.”
“He came back with Josh, the engineer, and I recorded about nine tracks in a couple of days.
“And Duran’s reworked version of the stuff sounds very, very good. He was absolutely impressed with the way the chords had grown. There are a couple of new leads. There’s a new track I played on, fantastic.
“This third wave of success that the band is having, I am very proud to be a part of it. It is very nice to be a part-time member.
New Music: Taylor also said she was inspired to start working on the band’s music again following a visit from Le Bon and teased that fans won’t have long to wait.
Duran Duran’s new album is expected to drop later this year.
Andy had left Duran Duran in 2006 ahead of the Red Carpet Massacre album, but was working on a new solo album when covid hit and before he found out about his cancer.
The solo album, called ‘Man’s a Wolf to Man’ will now be out on September 8 this year.
He first noticed the symptoms four and a half years ago when he felt “sort of arthritic pain” and then noticed what looked like tumors on his neck.
Taylor said of the letter read at the induction: ‘That only took me about 15 minutes to write. I just thought “ok, heart to paper”. You can’t miss a thing and acknowledging what they’ve done, which is what keeps the thing going, I’m the cat that has the cream, Simon read it.
I was sitting at home. I was alone with my grandson, my daughter and this new cat, who ended up becoming my little comfort. It was quite surreal.