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Terry Jones celebrating cancer victory

Nov. 7, 2006 at 9:51 PM

LONDON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Former Monty Python star Terry Jones is celebrating at his London home after what he calls a "miraculous recovery" from bowel cancer.

The 64-year-old comedian and writer told The Daily Mail at a London pub that recent surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his bowel was a success and he has a new lease on life.

"I feel great. I've fully recovered. It's miraculous," said Jones. "They got it early and the operation went well. It's amazing really. I'm already going for walks on the (Hampstead) Heath and pints in the pub."

Jones has maintained a positive outlook throughout his short-lived battle with the disease, even appearing at the London premiere of the Monty Python-inspired musical "Spamalot" beside fellow members of the infamous comedy troupe.

The Daily Mail said Jones' agent, Jodi Shields, was equally confident that the surgery likely spelled the end of the comedian's cancer worries.

"His surgeon is fairly confident -- they think they've got it early enough," she said. "He's in great spirits. We're having to make him stop working."

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