The BBC Newsreader announced earlier this year that that his cancer has returned four years after battling the disease.
George Alagiah, 62, was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2014 before discovering it had spread to his liver and lymph nodes.
The TV legend received the all-clear after undergoing 17 rounds of chemotherapy and five operations.
But just before Christmas 2017 George received a call from his surgeon – just before he was about to go on air – telling him that the stage 4 cancer had returned.
George, whose chance of survival for at least five years is less than 10%, still went on the present the news just minutes later, with him now telling The Sunday Times that he was on “autopilot”.
Speaking about the shock news, father of two George says it’s worse than hearing the diagnosis for the first time.
“The first time you are just stunned and shocked. But somehow, when you think you have made it well, I might still make it … The disappointment was pretty bad,” he explained.
George diagnosed with bowel cancer after he discovered blood in his stools while on holiday with his wife of 33 years, Frances, and their two adult sons two sons Adam and Matt.
The newsreader is now supporting the campaign by Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer to make cancer screening available to everyone in England from 50 years old.
While acknowledging that his cancer can’t be cured, George has been left questioning if he would have been luckier had he lived in Scotland, where screenings are available ten years before they are in England.
Georgie revealed: “Had I been screened, I could have been picked up. Had they had screening at 50, like they do in Scotland…I would have been screened at least three times and possibly four by the time I was 58 and this would have been caught.”
“We know that if you catch bowel cancer early, survival rates are tremendous. I have thought: why have the Scots got it and we don’t?” he added.