Xolani Gwala returns to radio
Xolani Gwala (PHOTO: Gallo/Getty Images)
Gwala will be back behind the mic this afternoon, just a month revealing he’s
in remission following his fight with colon cancer.
Radio 702 presenter will stand in for Joanne Joseph for the next few weeks.
return was confirmed this afternoon on The Azania Mosaka Show as he gave
listeners an update on his health, more than a year after being diagnosed with
stage 4 colon cancer.
much has happened that it will take me a lifetime to understand what has
happened over the past year,” he admitted when asked how he was feeling. “For
now, I’m good. I’m healthy . . . as healthy as can be.”
also admitted it would still take years before he can be declared cancer-free.
cancer is a question of time. It will take time before I can say I am cancer-free.
It will take probably five years, 10 years even. Maybe 15 years but at the
moment whatever the doctors set out to do in September last year, when I was
diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, they’ve achieved all those goals. They are very
happy and I’m good to come back to work.”
on his return to his day job, the former Asikhulume: Let’s Talk presenter admitted
he was “nervous as hell and emotional”.
also explained how he found out he had cancer.
his triumphant participation in the 2017 London Marathon he began to feel sick
and started losing weight. While doctors thought it was a viral infection, it
was his wife who took him to hospital to get checked out as he struggled to get
was only after a variety of tests and scans where conducted that it was
discovered he has cancer in his liver, which had also spread to his colon. The
tests also found that seven out of eight segments of his liver where covered
with cancer while there was also some in his lung.
on his decision to go public with his fight, Xolani says he wanted to educate
people about it.
though I cannot explain why me, because I’m fit, I don’t drink I don’t smoke,
there are so many other people who have cancer but we don’t talk about.”