Theuns Jordaan opens up about cancer diagnosis

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  • South African singer-songwriter Theuns Jordaan was diagnosed with leukaemia in September.
  • According to Theuns the prognosis is "very good".
  • Theuns started chemotherapy shortly after receiving the diagnosis, and within a month he was in remission. 


South African singer-songwriter Theuns Jordaan was diagnosed with leukaemia in September, Netwerk24 reported on Friday.

Speaking to Netwerk24, Theuns said that the prognosis is "very good" and that he is already in remission. However, he will undergo a stem cell transplant in February as part of his treatment.

"Before the diagnosis, I was constantly tired for about two to three weeks," he said, adding that he had to lay down frequently. 

Blood tests confirmed that he had acute myeloid leukaemia - a type of cancer that starts in the blood-forming cells of the bone marrow. 

According to the American Cancer Association, acute myeloid leukemia (AML) starts in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of certain bones, where new blood cells are made), but most often it quickly moves into the blood, as well. 

It can sometimes spread to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), and testicles.

Theuns started chemotherapy shortly after receiving the diagnosis, and within a month he was in remission. But is currently in search of a suitable bone marrow donor. 

He respectfully asked for privacy during this time, saying that he'll update fans on how he is doing on Facebook. 

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