Hairy Biker Dave Myers opens up on ‘brutal’ side effects of chemo treatment
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Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers has opened up about the ‘brutal’ side effects of chemotherapy has taken on him.
The 65-year-old chef was diagnosed with cancer in April 2022, leading to him having to pull out of public appearances.
During a podcast with fellow Hairy Bikers star Si King, 56, he spoke candidly about having chemotherapy and the hard time dealing with the side effects of treatment, including the loss of his appetite.
During an interview on the Seasoned podcast, Dave shared: "It's funny when you first start chemotherapy, it's quite hard – I'm still having it, it was really brutal.
"I lost so much weight and then it's a battle to get your calories in."
He added: "At first I thought, 'Right, this is great, I can eat all those pies I haven't been eating for years', except [my] appetite was dreadful!”
"For me, a glutton, losing my appetite was awful, a can of soup was about as far as I could go.
"Now I've got to the point where I'm at the weight I want to be, and I want to maintain it."
Dave lost his hair and beard after starting treatment and his ability to walk was also affected, he revealed earlier this month on the How to Be 60 podcast,
“By God, the chemotherapy doesn't half age you quickly," he revealed.
"Your balance goes, so for someone with a motorbike that's a disaster, and my walking has been affected quite a lot, really," before adding that he had to 'learn to walk again properly'.
The TV veteran confirmed he's set to return to filming in May this year.
"But I'm going to go back to film this May, and we're going to film around the chemo," he continued. "That's just the way it is really.
"One doesn't have an option at the minute. All I can say is it's not spreading and I'm holding my own OK. So, I'm very grateful for that.
"Sometimes I feel fine and other times I just need to go to bed. Then I kind of sleep it off, a bit like a bad hangover."
Back in January, the TV icon said he’s ‘doing kinda alight’ amid treatment. Appearing on BBC Breakfast, he shared: "[The treatment] is still ongoing but I'm kinda doing all right, it's like many people, it's something one learns to live with.”
The former Countdown and Strictly Come Dancing star assured fans he’s ‘going to be fine’ but has had to take a break from filming.
Myers has not revealed what type of cancer he is receiving treatment for.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence, contact Macmillan’s Cancer Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, 8am–8pm seven days a week