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Thyroid Cancer Survivor and Film Critic Roger Ebert Fights To Speak Again in Video Interview

By April 2, 2008

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Film critic Roger Ebert, a thyroid and salivary gland cancer survivor, lost his ability to speak as a rare side effect of his thyroid cancer surgery. Ebert has just announced that a recent surgery that was supposed to help restore his ability to speak has failed, but the indomitable film critic is not giving up. See this recent and inspiring video interview Roger Ebert gave to Access Hollywood, during which Ebert used his computer to speak for him.

Ebert is one of a number of celebrities who have battled thyroid disease and thyroid cancer. Here is a look at some of those famous thyroid patients.

Photo: David Livingston / Getty Images

April 13, 2008 at 4:12 pm
(1) shellP says:

I give Mr. Ebert my admirration. I recently underwent the removal of my thyroid w/vocal chord surgery necessary. Freezing of the vocal chords is rare? I seem to have lost e & i chords. It is not known if they will repair or can be done so. Frustration with the loss of ones voice. Can only be experienced. And I feel Dr.s who perform these surgeries do not make the likely hood of such happening apparent or practice the proceedure enough to do it. I have yet to find any kind of follow up therapies. Time is all Dr.s recommend.
Mr. Eberts fortitude & ingenuity are to be admired.

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