TotalBiscuit Cancer Update: YouTuber John Bain Liver Failing, Warns Fans ‘I Don't Have Long Left’

Video game commentator and internet personality John Bain—also known under the online aliases “TotalBiscuit” and “The Cynical Brit”—has announced his retirement from gaming criticism, as the chemotherapy treatment he was receiving for terminal cancer is no longer working on his body and his liver is failing.

The news, which caused a swell of support from his fanbase and fellow gaming journalists, comes roughly a week after his latest hospitalization. Bain, via a statement posted to Reddit, said that he will continue to stream content online, but admitted he was on “too much medication” to produce detailed coverage.

In 2014, Bain announced that he had been diagnosed with “full blown cancer.” He tweeted: “Doctors optimistic. Don't make my mistake. Get checked.” This week, he confirmed that the latest Reddit post would likely be his final health update to fans and that his attention would now turn to pain management and quality-of-life.

“My body has become resistant to all forms of it according to my oncologist," he wrote in the post. "46 chemo treatments, 138 days plugged into a pump. Let nobody ever say I wasn't stubborn. Unfortunately this was followed up a couple of days later with some more bad news. My liver is failing and its effectiveness has lowered past the point where the clinical trials I had been offered would take me on."

“Yes, apparently there are things that are too dangerous for even the terminal,” he continued. “We're going to keep looking for other trials but I'm currently coming to terms with the fact that I don't have long left and right now at any rate, there is literally nothing I can do about it other than try to manage the pain as best as possible and stay as hydrated […] to ease the pressure on the liver.”

Bain said the podcast he created, called "Co-optional," will continue on a weekly basis in a two-hour format and that there are no plans for a donation campaign. “I'm not comfortable with taking donations when I'm still able to work,” he stated. In addition, the popular game critic asked for fans not to speculate on his fate.

“I've deliberately left out some details to try and reduce the behavior, though it might very well have the opposite effect,” he wrote.

“That kind of thing is upsetting to some of my viewers that read it and I'd rather not encourage it. I've already exceeded the ‘usual’ lifespan of someone with my condition so whatever numbers people come up with are just that,” he added. 

The TotalBiscuit YouTube channel has 2.2 million subscribers.

In 2015, he revealed there was no cure for his cancer after spots appeared on his liver. At the time, he acknowledged having a life expectancy of up to three years.

“I fully intend to be the outlier, the average is this way because most people that get this are old and not strong anymore,” he tweeted. “Who knows what they'll come up with in the next decade? I intend to beat it for as long as possible. Gonna need some time to process all of this. I don't really feel anything right now.”

John Bain John Bain on his retirement from gaming criticism: "138 days plugged into a pump. Let nobody ever say I wasn't stubborn." YouTube/Screenshot/Gemma Bain