Actress looks to India for cancer treatment

HARARE - Former Studio 263 actress, Pretty Xaba, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, is exploring possibilities of getting treatment in India.

Xaba, who rose to national prominence playing the role of Mai Muwengwa in Zimbabwe’s first soapie, is currently waiting for the results of an analysis of her condition being done by Indian doctors.

“The doctors are assessing my medical reports so as to make a decision on the way forward. I just hope for the best because some very complicated operations are being done successfully in India,” said Xaba.

The veteran actress, who has also featured in advertisements for Econet, CBZ, OK and the New Start Centre, told the Daily News that she has a cancerous tumour that is embedded in the oesophagus.

“I had been feeling funny for the past five years and I had suspected ulcers so I was taking measures to control the pain,” said Xaba at her sister-in-law’s residence in Eastlea.

“Things took a turn for the worst and I decided to go for tests to determine the exact cause of the terrible pain I was enduring. I went for an endoscopic scan and that is when they discovered that I had a tumour inside the oesophagus.”

According to the veteran actress, the tumour was now restricting her from taking in food as the passage into the intestines was now very restricted.

“Having suffered for more than a month in which I couldn’t take any meaningful quantities of food, I had to be operated,” she said

“The operation was a success. A tube was inserted which now allowed me to at least take in some food although these are mainly fluids comprising juices and soups,” said a visibly unwell Xaba.

The good news for the ex-Studio 263 favourite is that a CT scan established that the cancer has not spread as yet.

“The doctors did confirm to me that the cancer has not spread but the worst part is that it is very risky to administer chemotherapy or radiotherapy due to the proximity of the tumour to delicate life-support organs. The complicated nature of this operation is the main reason why I am seeking help in India,” she said.

But should the Indian doctors recommend an operation to remove the tumour, Xaba revealed to the Daily News that financial constraints could scupper her dream of getting medical help.

“I have serious financial problems since I am not working. Though I currently have no money to finance the operation should it be recommended by the Indian doctors, I am still anxiously and patiently awaiting the outcome of what they will say,” she said.

Comments (2)

phone 0772424066 and speak to a man of God. He will help you.

Elizabeth Machel - 18 September 2014

Those hospitals provide a full fledged radiation treatment that can cure the disease by simply burning the tumor cells that is called Top Private Hospitals in Pune. It follows the same standard protocol as followed by their counterparts located in developed countries.

Anil Kumar - 2 December 2014

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