Edward James Olmos Reveals His Struggle with Throat Cancer

Edward James Olmos opens up about his health journey

by Zain ul Abedin
Edward James Olmos Reveals His Struggle with Throat Cancer
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Edward James Olmos is grateful for his health and resilience after enduring a challenging battle with throat cancer. In a candid interview with the Daily Mail on Monday, May 13, the 77-year-old Miami Vice star shared his harrowing experience and the difficult road to recovery.

“It’s going really, really well, thank the Lord,” Olmos said, reflecting on his current state of health. Olmos revealed that the period following his final treatment on December 20, 2022, was the most challenging part of his journey.

“The two to three months after my last treatment were the hardest. Once they stopped all of the chemo and radiation, my body gave up. That’s when it really became difficult," he explained. "But after 90 to 100 days, I was in much better shape, and today I feel very strong”.

During the treatment process, Olmos faced numerous moments of doubt and considered giving up. “There were many times when the thought of giving up entered my mind. You can't swallow, talk, eat, drink - you can't do anything,” he shared, gesturing to his throat.

Olmos, known for voicing Chicharrón in the 2017 Disney-Pixar film Coco, also discussed the uncertainties surrounding his treatment. “They told me before I started, ‘We have no idea what you’re gonna sound like,’” he said.

Impact of Treatment

He elaborated on the toll chemotherapy took on his body. “The treatment weakens the body significantly. Chemotherapy destroys your white blood cells, leaving you with no immune system. If I had any major health issues with my kidneys, heart, or lungs, I wouldn’t be here right now.

Thank God my body was okay”. In the wake of his ordeal, Olmos has prioritized his health by making significant lifestyle changes. “The way you eat, exercise, and sleep - basic fundamentals - are key. You are what you eat and what you do.

If you don’t stay active, you won’t be around for long,” he emphasized. Despite nearing 80, Olmos remains committed to staying active. “If you keep your body moving, stretching, and doing things most people give up on, you’ll stay healthy.

I’m close to 80, and I know I look good, but I’m old,” he joked. Olmos, who has no plans to retire, continues to find purpose in his work. “That’s the essence of living - your purpose. I’m very grateful to still be working in films, television, and theater,” he said.

The veteran actor’s journey is a testament to his strength and determination, serving as an inspiration to many who face similar battles.