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James Martin shares emotional cancer update as he announces 'break' from work

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James Martin has shared a fresh health update following his cancer diagnosis.

The celebrity chef, who was diagnosed with facial cancer a few years ago, spoke about his journey during his show in Liverpool on Monday evening.

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Taking to the stage in the Philharmonic Hall, James shared an emotional message with his fans where he touched upon his impressive career and his cancer journey. "On a personal note, I just wanted to say thank you for 30 years of television," he said.

"For me personally, I've been through a lot of [expletive] with cancer but I'm getting sorted at the end of next month.

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James shared an update with his fans

"I will be back fighting at the end of February but I'm going on a little bit of a break to get that sorted. I just wanted to say thank you for all your support and all your messages."

In a post shared to Instagram, James, 51, reflected on his stage performance writing: "Liverpool! Big love to you all, what an ending to a great night, thank you! Not too sure about the light up groin pic… But fab night, thank you for coming. Newcastle tomorrow, can't wait! #ontour #ontheroadagain #jamesmartintour."

The star's fans and friends were quick to send messages of support in the comments section. "Fantastic show tonight, loved every minute, good luck with everything and see you on [the] next tour," wrote one, while another chimed in: "Amazing show, so much talent. Look after yourself."

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A third sweetly commented: "What a superb funny man and superb chef. Thank you for a superb night James Martin and your helper Sam. Have a well-earned rest after you finish your tour. Take care of yourself," and fourth remarked: "Amazing show [heart emoji] even lucky enough to have caught your guitar pick too!! Have a great rest of tour."

The former Saturday Kitchen star first spoke about his cancer diagnosis earlier this year when he issued a public apology in response to his "intimidating behaviour" shown towards his crew.

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The TV chef shared a statement apologising

In his statement, James addressed the crew and wrote: "Firstly, I would like to apologise publicly and sincerely to the crew involved in this incident, as I did at the time.

"I have always strived to keep my private life private," he continued.

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James Martin opened up about his cancer diagnosis

"However since details of a conversation, which was secretly recorded in January 2018, are now five years later being made public by a former member of our production team, I have decided to make a statement."

The celebrity chef revealed that the end of 2017 was "one of the most fraught and difficult periods of [his] life," where he dealt with the death of his grandfather and a burglary at his home which he shares with his partner Louise Davies.

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The 51-year-old is in a relationship with TV producer Louise Davies

Touching on his cancer diagnosis, James went on to say: "On top of this I was then diagnosed with cancer on my face and I had to have surgery, which I couldn't do until two days before Christmas when we had finished filming. Since then it has returned on several occasions and I have to have regular treatments.

"After all this stress I was in a very emotional state, and when after filming in early January 2018 I discovered my home had been flooded while filming, I was extremely upset. I can only say I am human and following a build-up of personal life pressure, I admit that I overreacted regarding the damage to my home."

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