“Survivor” winner Ethan Zohn recently admitted that his battle with cancer starts again, as it has relapsed and it has spread in his lungs. Zohn talked to People magazine about his recently learned condition.
“I don’t want fear or cancer to define me” says the winner of the “Survivor” reality show, who has amazed the fans of the series and has gained their hearts. Being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he underwent treatment and for almost 20 months he appeared to have regained his life back. Nevertheless, he confessed that in the back of his mind, he always worried about a relapse.
On September 14, his worst fears came to life when he was told by the doctors that the cancer had returned and it was now in his lungs. Still optimistic, the 37-year-old says that “it’s good that it’s not all over my body”. When receiving the news, he was in the company of his girlfriend of eight years, Jenna Morasca, also a winner of “Survivor”. So the two survivors had to deal with a life challenge never met before. “She’s taking it like the rock star that she is”, Zohn says about his girlfriend and admits that even if they seem tough, inside them and between them, there is a mixture of feelings, from anxiety to anger, to love, to frustration and so on.
Zohn has started a new treatment that aims to hit only the cancerous cells. Named, SGN-35, it is a “smart” type of chemotherapy that is somewhat more selective than the traditional chemo. This will help him keep, among other things, his hair on.
After the treatment, which will last three months, Zohn will undergo a stem cell transplant, from one of his brothers. The doctors did not reveal to him which of his brothers is a better match, as it is likely that he will treat him differently, even if he doesn’t mean to.
Until the surgery, survivor Zohn plans to run the NYC Marathon, on November 6. “The doctors think I’m crazy but they gave me the okay”, he laughed.