'Dancing with the Stars' Judge Diagnosed with Cancer
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Len Goodman, head judge on Strictly Come Dancing and the its American version, Dancing with the Stars, has been diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his prostate gland --- a condition he first discovered in March but decided not have the treatment until after he had finished filming Dancing with the Stars. Now, the 65-year-old ballroom dancing teacher is recovering from surgery, which he underwent three weeks ago without telling any of his colleagues.

"I have had the surgery now. Everything is gorgeously good. I will be back in September for sure," the Dancing with the Stars judge told the Telegraph, crediting his swift recovery to doctors spotting the disease early at his annual check-up.

Goodman reveals that he kept the operation a secret, which was done by urologist Peter Thompson at a Bupa hospital in Blackheath, South-East London, because he felt it was "not necessary to blabber it out to everyone." He also says that he feared BBC producers might not want a "cancer-riddled, bed-ridden old so-and-so" so he didn't tell them.

"I could have said 'sorry' and not done the show[Dancing with the Stars], but the doctors felt I wasn't riddled with it and it wasn't so far advanced that it was a life-or-death scenario," he added. "It takes a few weeks to get everything set up for the operation anyway, so I went ahead and did the show. I had the surgery done as soon as I got back from America."

And now that he's on the road to recovery, Goodman says he's better than ever.

"I feel good," he said. "I was obviously worried at the start. We all worry if we get something like this. You do feel a bit vulnerable, but as long as you come out the other side all right, why worry? You're a bit sore for a while and you can't play golf, which is the biggest blow at the moment. But I will be able to in a month's time or so, I can't wait."

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: The Telegraph
(Image courtesy of ABC)