The BBC newsreader hosts In conversation with George Alagiah: A Bowel Cancer UK podcast where he speaks to different guests about living with cancer. In the most recent one, the newsreader interviewed Steve Clark from Caversham who has stage four bowel cancer, along with oncologist Professor Mark Saunders from The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester.
During their chat, they spoke about having chemotherapy to help treat the disease, where George revealed he had a scare the second time he went in for it.
George, 64, who was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014, spoke about his own experience of chemotherapy, explaining: “I had 5FU (Fluorouracil) and Oxaliplatin on the first go and on the second time, two weeks later, my oncologist introduced the Irinotecan.
“It’s important for people to know, this is what made it scary, what happened to me was my pulse rate just dropped and I remember somebody shouting to get the atropine.”
He continued: “Atropine’s something out of the Bond movies, I thought, ‘Oh my god, what’s going on’.
George Alagiah opened up on having chemotherapy (Image: BBC • WENN)
George Alagiah was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 (Image: GETTY)
“I thought, ‘What the hell!’”
George added doctors did an ECG on his heart where he recalled: “They stuck all those things on me.”
After the sudden turn, the BBC favourite admitted the scary moment made him panic.
“So my panic levels went through the roof,” he said. “My pulse rate had dropped to like 29.”
George Alagiah has been with the BBC for a number of years (Image: BBC)
George Alagiah said he had a "panic"