Stanley Tucci Opens Up About ‘Devastating’ Battle with Cancer

by Michael Freeman

Renowned The Hunger Games and Supernova actor Stanley Tucci has spoken on and off about his battle with cancer. However, with his new memoir releasing today, he disclosed in more detail how “devastating” the experience has been.

Speaking on Good Morning America today, Tucci discussed his “devastating” battle with cancer. Titled “Taste: My Life Through Food,” his memoir talks about having cancer and how important food is in his life. “It’s mostly memoir. It’s sort of peppered with recipes, excuse the pun,” he quipped. Tucci’s mother loved to cook, making it significant to him, but he couldn’t taste anything while fighting cancer three years ago.

Saying it was “devastating,” Tucci talked about the tumor on his tongue being so large doctors couldn’t operate on it. Instead, the only option was high-dose radiation and chemotherapy, something he didn’t want to do. “Luckily, the cure rate was very high,” Stanley Tucci reported. “So it’s three years later now and everything is fine, but I was unable to eat solid food for six months.”

Tucci said the experience caused him to lose 30 pounds, though he notes that “it’s a small price to pay for being alive and being able to accompany my family.” However, During his three-year battle, it took its toll on the inside of his mouth. “My taste buds and saliva glands were destroyed as was the inside of my mouth, and it’s taken really two years to get back to almost normal.”

Nonetheless, Tucci has taken everything in stride and you can read his memoir about the experience right now.

Stanley Tucci on Having Tongue Cancer and His Wife’s Death

Stanley Tucci’s Good Morning America interview wasn’t the only one where he discussed having cancer. He also spoke about it last month, as well as his wife battling it.

Talking to Vera Magazine, Tucci reflected on how cancer affected him and his family. Mentioning high-dose radiation and chemo as the only available treatment, he was not a fan of it. “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.”

Stanley’s first wife, Kath Spath Tucci, died in 2009. Thinking about both him and his wife contracting cancer, Tucci offered an interesting perspective on the deadly disease. “[Cancer] makes you more afraid and less afraid at the same time,” Tucci reflected. “I feel much older than I did before I was sick. But you still want to get ahead and get things done.”

Furthermore, Tucci talked about having three children, twin girls and a boy, and how difficult it was for them. “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.”