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Watson begins five weeks of radiotherapy

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Watson begins five weeks of radiotherapy

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Russell Watson has started a five-week course of radiotherapy at the Christie Hospital in Manchester.

The opera singer's manager has warned that he risks damaging his eyesight with the treatment, which is aiming to eradicate a brain tumour that struck Watson down in 2007.

He told the Daily Star: "He's in as good as spirits as anybody can be with that kind of journey ahead.

"The doctors are very cautious - they want to get to it but because it's near the optic nerve, they've got to be careful not to damage the eyesight.

"It's a very arduous five-week period that the doctors hope will give him closure."

Speaking outside the hospital, Watson commented: "My throat feels ok. I feel a little bit tired.

"It takes a while to get your energy and stamina levels up again. It's been a strange new year, 2008, in for my radiotherapy on January 2."

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