Billy Connolly treated for cancer

Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has had surgery for prostate cancer and is being treated for the  ‘‘initial symptoms’’ of Parkinson’s Disease, his spokeswoman says.

According to a statement on his website, the 70-year-old star will go ahead with his New Zealand tour next year.

‘‘Billy Connolly recently underwent minor surgery in America  after being diagnosed with the very early stages of prostate  cancer,’’ the statement said.

‘The operation was a total success, and Billy is fully  recovered.

‘‘In addition, Billy has been assessed as having the initial  symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, for which he is receiving the  appropriate treatment.

‘‘Billy has been assured by experts that the findings will in no  way inhibit or affect his ability to work, and he will start  filming a TV series in the near future, as well as undertaking an  extensive theatrical tour of New Zealand in the new year.’’

He is married to New Zealand-born, Australian clinical  psychologist and writer Pamela Stephenson

Fairfax Media