07/02/2013 09:45 | By Emma Roberts, Entertainment reporter, MSN Entertainment

Jeremy Kyle: 'I thought I was going to die'

Jeremy Kyle has opened up about his battle with testicular cancer.

Jeremy Kyle has opened up about his battle with cancer.

TV presenter Jeremy Kyle has told how he feared he would die after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.

The father of three said he had put off visiting a doctor after discovering the lump in December, believing he was "paranoid".

After cancelling his first appointment with a doctor, he was later diagnosed with cancer just before Christmas and underwent surgery the following day, he told The Sun.

The 47-year-old said the support of his wife Carla helped him through the treatment, which included chemotherapy.

He said: "It's been a horrific time - a very sobering experience - but now I just feel lucky to be alive.

"I feel lucky that I'm here for family and can see my kids grow up.

"To be honest, I thought, 'That's it, I'm dead'. The phone call I made to Carla was one of the most difficult of my life."

Jeremy, who has been given the all-clear, said doctors told him he could have died within 18 months if the lump remained unchecked.

Further tests revealed that the cancer had not spread to other parts of his body, but he was ordered to undergo chemotherapy as a precaution, which he described as "like having a permanent migraine" and as if he had been "shot in every limb".

Jeremy, who launched his show in the US in 2011, has returned to filming for his ITV show in Manchester

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