Tracey Emin says her cancer is ‘gone’ and accuses politicians of ‘never having been to a museum’

Tracey Emin, who revealed she had been diagnosed with bladder cancer in September 2020, told BBC Newsnight that she hit a “big, big milestone” last week when her three-monthly scans “all fine” came back.

Emin also commented on the government’s decision to put museums and galleries in the same category as nightclubs when they reopen, calling it “absolutely ridiculous”.

She added: “I think that’s because the majority of the government at the moment has probably never been to museums or art galleries. If they had and…if they had known the soulful benefits of viewing art, they would have kept it open or found a system to make it work.”

Speaking on the show, which airs tonight, Emin said: “I don’t paint because I use my willpower to stay alive. That’s what I do.” But she added that she hopes to return to work in the years to come, along with “being happy, smiling more, just enjoying life. I never knew how.” much I wanted to live until I thought I was going to die.”

The 57-year-old artist described to the Telegraph last year how she found out something was “seriously wrong” and was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. It was the same cancer that her mother, Pam, died of, she explained, “four years ago today.”

Now Emin has shared that her cancer has ‘gone away’ after a series of surgeries. She had a full hysterectomy and had her bladder, uthetha, lymph nodes, part of her bowel and “half of it [her] Vagina” removed to stop the spread of the disease.

After her clear three-month scan, she will move on to annual scans. But she now uses a urostomy bag in place of the bladder and urinary system — a “big handicap,” she said, because it has to be emptied every 20 minutes.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/art/what-to-see/tracey-eminsays-cancer-gone-accuses-politicians-never-having/ Tracey Emin says her cancer is ‘gone’ and accuses politicians of ‘never having been to a museum’


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