Xolani Gwala is back on the air-waves filling in for Joanne Joseph after his battle with colon cancer.
He is officially in remission and is recovering well.
Gwala sat down with his oncologist Dr Omondi Ogude to talk about the journey.
Ogude describes how an entire team played a crucial role in nursing Gwala back to health.
We work in what we call multi-disciplinary teams and this is the way we manage this kind of condition these days. This is not just Dr Ogude making decisions, we make these things as a team - the surgeons, radiologists, dietitians, physiotherapists, all these people were very critical involved in XG's health. It is not all black and white all the time, we all managed to find each other and have a consensus...— Dr Omondi Ogude, Oncologist
Speaking on the multiple surgeries Gwala has had to endure, Ogudi says the biggest challenge was the liver resection performed by Milpark Hospital surgeon Thomas Marumo.
This was the biggest challenge and I think it is testament to your strength and how well you did. You had, fortunately, quite a good response.— Dr Omondi Ogude, Oncologist
In terms of liver function you need about 30% of your liver to function normally and this is one of the challenges. Dr Marumo navigated this quite well. What we did is we blocked the right side of your liver which we needed less and forced the left side of your liver to grow at least to 30% to allow us to leave you with a functional liver.— Dr Omondi Ogude, Oncologist
Ogude says cancer can be controlled in many ways and patients can live a number of years with prostate cancer.
He suggests an early screening if cancer is hereditary.
That informs how you screen. The more family history of cancer you have, the earlier you need to screen.— Dr Omondi Ogude, Oncologist
More so, we need to look at which cancers are more common in males and those would be colon cancer, lung cancer, and prostate and they all have their defined sort of ages for which we need to test.— Dr Omondi Ogude, Oncologist
Ogude explains the next step for Gwala.
At this stage we are going to put you on maintenance chemotherapy just to try and keep control over the disease and we will continue to monitor you over the next couple of months and that will inform us about what is going to happen in the future and we are cautiously optimistic about you.— Dr Omondi Ogude, Oncologist
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This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] This is where Xolani is on his journey to recovery