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Edward James Olmos is opening up publicly for the first time about his battle with throat cancer.

In an interview with Mando Fresco Mando and friends Shared on Thursday, the actor detailed his latest health scare.

“This may be my first time speaking publicly, but I had throat cancer,” Olmos said. “I’m done going through this time. December 20th was the last radiation and a week before I finished my chemo. He said he spent “months and months” on radiation and chemo.

The 76-year-old went on to explain that he had swollen lymph nodes, which he said, “they burn this area with radiation.” He also recalled that the doctors told him that they were not sure how his voice would sound after the treatment because he was undergoing radiation therapy.

“Many of my friends have passed away because of this. It is a very strong disease,” he said.

Although his cancer battle “took a lot,” the actor expressed gratitude for being in “the position to fight this.”

“I was in good shape – and I still am,” he said. “I swim at least a mile a day, sometimes two miles a day. Every day, seven days a week. And then I row and do weights. Olmos said he lost 55 kilograms due to his health scare. “I lost all my muscle, so I’ve been slowly coming back over the last four months.”

“There were times during the month when I had to take whatever treatment my body would give me. And I didn’t want to take my food in my stomach. They wanted to put me through tubes and feed me nutrients because I couldn’t swallow.” Olmos continued. “They had to put 2,500 calories into my body every day. That was funny, that was really hard. He said he could not drink water at the time and was given “intravenous water” to prevent dehydration.

“It was an experience that changed me, realizing how amazing this life is. I’ve had some near-death experiences.”

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