Dolph Lundgren discussed his battle with cancer, found in his kidneys in 2015, in an interview with "In Depth With Graham Bensinger."
“There’s a picture there I was going to direct and star in that was starting in the fall.
The doctor called me when I was in Alabama ready to shoot and said they found one more tumor in the liver,” Lundgren said, as quoted by CNN “So I was like ‘Oh okay.’ At that point it started to hit me that this is kind of something serious." Eventually, the tumor grew, and dietary restrictions were put in place as a result.
It didn't take long for Lundgren to lose weight since he wasn't allowed to eat much. Lundgren's fiancée, Emma Krokdal, spoke about it: “His mouth got really sore,” she said . “His hands got sore, [his] feet, and he couldn’t eat anything warm, anything cold or anything spicy.
So that was a struggle to get food down so he kept losing weight”.
Doctors and prognosis
It was estimated that he would only live for three years at the most by the doctors. During that period of time, Dolph maintained his optimism and did not want to fall into depression.
The man was satisfied with the life he had led, was happy with the success he had achieved, and was ready to die. It was, however, his family that he was most sorry for. “I mean you kind of look at your life going ‘Oh I’ve had a great life,’” he said.
“I’ve had a freaking great life. I’ve lived like five lifetimes in one already with everything I’ve done. So It wasn’t like I was bitter about it- It was just like, you know, feel sorry for my kids and my fiancée and people around you”.
Ida Lundgren, his daughter, had a conversation with her father. “I had a deep conversation with my dad about what would happen if he, you know, passed away and stuff,” she said. “That was a horrible conversation”.