Funnyman Tom Green has an odd appreciation for his battle with testicular cancer in 2000, as it inspired him to adopt a new perspective on life.

The Road Trip star, who was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 29, admits the health crisis came at a strange time for him as it occurred during the height of his success with his outrageous comedy series The Tom Green Show.

He was forced to cease production on the programme while he underwent treatment and surgery for the disease but after beating cancer, Green was left with a new, positive outlook on his future.

During an interview on Oprah Winfrey special Oprah: Where Are They Now?, which aired in the U.S. on Sunday (27Jul14), he said, "In the middle of all these great things that were happening in my life, I had to stop it all and battle cancer and win.

"It was a sort of a scary but still amazing experience, really. It's kind of weird to describe your cancer experience as amazing, but it was in ways, because it changed my whole perspective on the world."

Green also used the chat to open up about his brief marriage to actress Drew Barrymore, revealing he went through "the media firestorm of being in tabloids" during their 2001 union.

He explained, "I don't really tend to talk about it that much comfortably, publicly, actually... All of that (their courtship and marriage) was all sort of, part of that crazy whirlwind of a time (in my life), but I wish Drew, obviously, all the best. I haven't talked to her in many, many years. I'm glad she's doing great and I'm really happy that she's doing good (sic)."

Barrymore and Green split just five months after tying the knot and their divorce was finalised in October, 2002.

The Charlie's Angels star has since married Will Kopelman, the father of her two daughters Olive and Frankie, who was born in April (14).