Cape Town – South African radio personality, Mark Pilgrim, who is battling stage 4 lung cancer, took to social media to reveal that his “immune system has crashed”.
Pilgrim has been keeping his followers updated about his illness on his Instagram page.
Earlier this month he shared that he was trying to keep as much muscle as he could after losing about 10km.
But this week, Pilgrim has been “man-down”.
He celebrated his 53rd birthday on Tuesday and on Thursday, he shared that a planned trip for him and his family had been cancelled after he received some “bad news” from his doctor.
“The bush holiday to celebrate my birthday was planned a while ago, and this morning, just 10 minutes before leaving with the girls and Adrienne, the doctor called with bad news saying we shouldn’t go.
“… Turns out though, after 9 rounds of chemo, my body has called for time-out and my immune system has crashed. Good news is my doctors have been amazing today, we avoided hospitalisation, and my white blood count should increase in the coming week or so,” Pilgrim wrote on his Instagram post.
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However, Pilgrim continues to fight and has thanked his doctors and family for their continued support.
“Good news is my doctors have been amazing today, we avoided hospitalisation, and my white blood count should increase in the coming week or so,” he wrote.
Pilgrim announced in February that he had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer.
Channel24 reported at the time that he was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer in 1988 which he survived. The report also said that in 2008 he suffered a severe heart attack which caused permanent heart damage.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe