Claude Littner told he had six months to live
- Bang Showbiz
- 14 October 2015
Claude Littner has revealed doctors told him he had just six months to live after diagnosing him with Non-Hodgkin Lymphona cancer
Claude Littner was told he had six months to live after being diagnosed with cancer.
The 'Apprentice' star has opened up about being told what he thought was a hernia was actually a rare form of blood cancer named Non-Hodgkin Lymphona after he'd had a row with Lord Alan Sugar.
Claude - who was chief executive at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club under Lord Sugar at the time - explained: "I am very lucky to be alive, you know. I thought I had a hernia but lots of players do, so I wasn't worried. Then one day I had an argument with Alan, which is very rare.
"We were trading insults so I took a day off and popped to the doctor to check it out. But he said it wasn't a hernia and packed me straight off to see a specialist. I was told I had six months to live.
"It came as a huge shock, obviously. You think, 'Well, that's it'. You start the treatment and just feel powerless."
However, the 66-year-old business expert - who has two children with his wife of nearly 40 years, Thelma - has now been clear for 15 years after his specialist decided to try a pioneering stem-cell transplant to help his body make healthy new blood.
He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "I was only the 32nd person to have one, but first they had to find a donor whose tissues matched. I have one sister, Tina, but they said siblings aren't a guaranteed match. They tested her anyway and, by an absolute miracle, she was an excellent match. So my sister saved my life. She doesn't stop reminding me of that - but she really did"