Sunday, 11 June 2017

"It's the worst news I could get": Aslan singer Christy Dignam, 57, confirms his cancer has returned

He previously battled two types of cancer - and won.

But, despite overcoming one of the the world's biggest killers, Aslan frontman Christy Dignam has revealed his cancer has returned.

In an exclusive interview with the Irish Sun on Sunday , the 57-year-old says he received the shocking news following a blood test earlier this week.

It comes just four years after he was first diagnosed with two types of blood cancer, myeloma and amyloidosis.

"I got a terrible shock. I got the result from my monthly blood test that I'm most afraid of," he told the paper.

"It was the worst news I could get, that this negative protein is growing inside my body. All I can do now is more chemo but I'm not confident.

"Your blood develops an immunity to treatment so there's no guarantee it's going to work."

The devastating news comes shortly after the death of Aslan's manager, Svenn Braamark, plus the loss of keyboardist Pat Fitzpatrick and the band's social media manager Grace McDermott.

Christy added: "I might look healthy but I'm in lot of pain. I suppose it's the human spirit to adapt to whatever situation you're in but I really don't know.

"So many people have died in the past few years like the great journalist George Byrne, and David Bowie. I consider these people the life and times of Aslan. If they're gone, maybe I should be gone too."

Previously, the Irish talent has credited luck for his ability to survive previous bouts of ill-health.

Speaking on RTE Radio 1, Crazy World singer Christy once said he can’t explain why he is here and several of his band-mates are not.

The Dubliner said: "There were three people that I was diagnosed with at the same time and the three of them have passed away with the same condition.

"I know how lucky I am to be here. It's just luck. I don't know why I'm here and they're not. I responded to chemotherapy and they didn't."


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