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US critic 'well' after cancer op
Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert has been a film critic for his newspaper since 1967
Veteran film critic Roger Ebert has said he is "doing well" following cancer surgery which required the reconstruction of his jaw.

Spending two months in hospital had been "no fun", the 64-year-old said, and he had lost much of his strength while confined to bed.

He would need practice at speaking because his vocal cords had weakened during treatment, Ebert added.

Ebert has rated more than 5,000 films for the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

The TV double act he formed with Gene Siskel, who died seven years ago, was famous for the "thumbs up" and "thumbs down" reviews that the pair would give to movies.

"When I announced that I had a recurrence of salivary cancer that required surgery, I had no idea when I went into the hospital on 16 June that I would still be here on 16 August," he wrote on his website.

"I had a particularly intense form of radiation [treatment] called neutron beam radiation, which is more effective for certain cancers, but which is also more debilitating to healthy tissue than conventional radiation."

'Loving support'

He said he was "a lucky man" and praised the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, who were "enthusiastically optimistic" about his recovery.

His wife Chaz had provided "loving support", he added.

And the executive producer of his TV show Ebert and Roeper, Don Dupree, had installed a plasma TV screen and a DVD player in his room, he said.

Ebert is in his 40th year of reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his writing.

This is his fourth set of surgery for cancer, having had a malignant tumour on his thyroid gland removed in 2002 and two operations on his salivary gland the following year.


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