04 Sep 2021 3:02 PM +00:00 UTC

Captain America Star Stanley Tucci Confirms Past Cancer Diagnosis

Stanley Tucci has shared devastating news. The Captain America: The First Avenger star has confirmed that he was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and continues to struggle with its effects to this day.

Tucci shared his story during an interview with Vera magazine (via The Hollywood Reporter). The Hunger Games actor confirmed his diagnosis for a tumor on the base of his tongue which he says "was too big to operate" on. Tucci also revealed that his only option was "high-dose radiation and chemo."

Going through chemotherapy is especially frightening for Tucci considering he had dealt with his first wife Kate Spath-Tucci's breast cancer diagnosis and unfortunate passing in 2009.

"I'd vowed I'd never do anything like that, because my first wife died of cancer, and to watch her go through those treatments for years was horrible," Tucci said. He later added that the sessions were difficult because they made him miss out on special moments with his family.

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"The kids were great, but it was hard for them," Tucci said. "I had a feeding tube for six months. I could barely make it to the twins' high school graduation."

Tucci went on to state that the disease has had an effect on him mentally. However, the Supernova star is determined not to give up.

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"[Cancer] makes you more afraid and less afraid at the same time. I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to get ahead and get things done," Tucci said.

Tucci played Dr Abraham Erskine in Captain America: The First Avenger. He recently reprised the role in the premiere episode of Marvel's What If ...?.

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