Ethan Zohn: Survivor Africa Winner (Cancer Update)

December 17, 2009

Ethan Zohn, the winner of Survivor Africa, just received some fabulous news about his health. It turns out that his cancer is now in remission! Get the story here, along with photos and video.

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The story of Ethan Zohn is a true example of how life is bitter sweet. He managed to outplay, outwit, and outlast the competition to emerge victorious on Survivor Africa. The game is often described by contestants as the biggest mental and emotional challenge of their lives, but in the case of Zohn, spending time in the sweltering African heat with little to eat must have been child’s play compared to his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Over a period of several months, he fought against the disease—and even lost his trademark wild hair. A few months ago news hit that he may have beat it, and then tragically in September it came back worse than before.
After that devastating news, fans began to fear the worst. The battle raged on.

Now he is back in the news with a ray of hope. It turns out that a full-body (PET) scan was performed and the results were very promising. Doctors now believe that his cancer is in remission after weeks of radiation therapy.

He recently told People magazine:

“If I walked in off the street today, they would think I’m cancer free…This is the best possible news I could have gotten at this stage of my journey.”

Zohn also attributes some of his progress to his family, friends, and fans:

“I honestly believe that all the positive healing vibes everyone has been sending me these past nine months have helped…so thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart.”

He knows he is not out of the woods yet. Being that his cancer has already reemerged in the past, he must go through more difficult treatments to ensure a healthy future—namely a stem-cell transplant. The intense procedure could keep him hospitalized for up to a month. The Survivor star remains optimistic, and seems ready for the next leg of the battle.

Check out some photos and video of Ethan Zohn, Survivor Africa winner below.

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Photos: Livingston

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