James Valentine takes time off for cancer treatment


ABC Radio Sydney Afternoon presenter James Valentine has announced he is taking time off for cancer treatment.

In sharing the news on air this afternoon, Valentine told listeners: “It’s a big thing to say. A big thing to say out loud. A big thing to say here on the radio. But at some point, I had to tell you, and I wanted to tell you all here, and do it in this way.”

Valentine revealed that last December, he started to have a little trouble swallowing.

At first, he questioned whether perhaps it was indigestion. His wife noticed it as well.

Valentine says on further investigation, a 4 centimetre tumour was found in his oesophagus.

Valentine says he has been getting chemo and radiation to reduce the tumour, which has been effective.

He says the tumour has shrunk and the cancer has not spread.

Valentine also chatted with his surgeon on air.

Today’s program will be Valentine’s last for a while.

He will take some time away for a holiday, followed by an operation and a few months of recovery.

Tim Webster will present Afternoons while James is away having treatment.

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Graham Glencorse
21 Mar 2024 - 3:08 pm

Very best regards and a full recovery James. Your loyal listeners will be here waiting for your return.

Steve Dixon
21 Mar 2024 - 5:59 pm

James I wish you a speedy recovery and Bravo for letting us(your audience know) I personally think the way that you have addressed this is so great, yourself as with anyone is not adverse to cancer! To think that because I am a celebrity thing’s are different! Is one of my personal problems with the media today! As I can report on all the problems that surround humanity but that doesn’t apply to me! You have broken the mould my friend with your HONESTY! I am forever in your debt!

Jenny Gibson
21 Mar 2024 - 7:00 pm

Going to miss you James..take care and come back to the ABC radio soon.

Margie Cronin
21 Mar 2024 - 7:57 pm

Speedy recovery James, I will miss your voice and sense of humour in the afternoon’s. Take care

22 Mar 2024 - 7:23 am

I don’t listen to the ABC but good luck with your health James.

Rebecca Deshon-Graham
22 Mar 2024 - 1:12 pm

Wishing you a speedy recovery ❤️‍ looking forward to hearing you back on air soon

22 Mar 2024 - 7:39 pm

We will all be thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery.
You have the best show on the ABC, and you will be missed. ❤️


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