There: I said it. It's fairly uncontentious; I can't imagine that people are sitting in front of their screens thinking, "I can't believe he said that!" But today there is a specific reason why I hate cancer...
... it has made me feel sorry for that appalling professional gobshite, Jade Goody. To go through all of that shitty treatment and then find that the cancer has spread to your other organs and that you are, at the age of 27, effectively the walking dead is unbelievably an unbelievably crappy situation.
Former Big Brother star Jade Goody has confirmed the cervical cancer she is being treated for has spread to her bowel, liver and groin.
The mother-of-two was diagnosed with the illness in August and has been receiving chemotherapy ever since.
Her spokesman, Max Clifford, said the 27-year-old was "trying to put on a brave face" for her two children.
She told The Sun: "I am devastated, frightened and angry. I don't want to die, I have so much to live for."
Goody, who appeared on the Channel 4 series in 2002 added: "The reality is I have gone from a 40% chance of a cure to seeing how long I can stay alive.
"The whole thing is absolutely terrifying, I am hoping a new type of treatment will suppress and control the cancer, which is very aggressive. I am in a nightmare."
Clifford said the team of doctors and surgeons who had been treating the star at London's Royal Marsden Hospital were now discussing the best way to treat the three tumours.
The truth is that our means of treating cancer are still pretty primitive. If cutting the bastard out doesn't work, then we can resort to radiotherapy and chemotherapy, both of which embrace the same philosophy: we flood the body with poisons and hope that the cancer dies before the patient does. Chemotherapy, in particular, is painful and debilitating.
So, I feel sorry for Jade Goody.
There: I said it.
UPDATE: via haddock, I find a reason to admire Goody.
The 27-year-old has stage three cancer. It was misdiagnosed four times, but Jade says she won't seek compensation from the hospital, as she thinks taking money from the NHS is wrong.
That is a remarkably forgiving attitude, I think. Strangely, there no mention of this fact in the BBC article...