James Michael Tyler from ‘Friends’ has revealed that he is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for prostate cancer.
The 59-year-old actor shared the news during an appearance on the Today Show on Monday.
Michael Tyler who attended the Friends Reunion show virtually revealed that he has been battling the disease for three years now as he was first diagnosed at 56.
“I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, which had spread to my bones.
It’s stage 4, late-stage cancer, so eventually, it’s gonna probably get me.”
He was diagnosed in September 2018 during a routine physical through a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
While he was initially treated through hormone therapy, which he said “worked amazingly for the first year,” the cancer mutated and spread to his spine during the pandemic, eventually leading to paraplegia.
“I missed going in for a test, which was not a good thing,” Tyler said.
Tyler played Gunther, Rachel’s (Jennifer Aniston) sarcastic one-time boss and the manager of the Central Perk coffee house who was a little obsessed with her in all 10 seasons of the NBC sitcom.
He also made guest appearances in Episodes, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Scrubs, and Just Shoot Me!
Tyler, who told Today that he caught his diagnosis late, said that if he’d done anything differently, he “would have gone in earlier and, you know, would’ve been hopefully caught earlier.”
“Next time you go in for just a basic exam or your yearly checkup, please ask your doctor for a PSA test. It’s easily detectable,” he said. “If it spreads beyond the prostate to the bones, which is most prevalent in my form, it can be a lot more difficult to deal with.”