702 Veteran radio personality Xolani Gwala has lost his battle with stage 4 colon cancer, the radio station announced on Friday morning after hearing from his family.

After initially appearing to win the battle against the disease last year, SA was left in shock on Friday at news of his unexpected passing.

The much-loved veteran talk-radio host was welcomed back with open arms and tears by both colleagues and listeners last year August when he made his return to the airwaves after nine months when his cancer appeared to have gone into remission.

Not many were aware he was once again losing the battle against cancer and he died early on Friday.


All you need to know about Colon Cancer?

Colon cancer is a type of cancer that begins in the large intestine (colon). The colon is the final part of the digestive tract. Colon cancer typically affects older adults, It usually begins as small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells called polyps that form on the inside of the colon. According webmd Stage 5 colon cancer has a relative 5-year survival rate of about 14% of people with stage 4 colon cancer are likely to still be alive 5 years after they are diagnosed.

 Colon Cancer Health Living Tips:

  • Don't smoke
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Exercise most days of the week
  • Stay at a healthy weight

What does colon pain feel like?

Sudden severe abdominal pain, especially in the lower abdomen and on the left side, is common with colon spasms. The pain can vary in its intensity with each spasm. Gas or bloating.

4 Stages of Colon Cancer

4 Stages of Colon cancer

The cancer has spread through the blood and lymph nodes to other parts of the body, such as the lung, liver, abdominal wall, or ovary.

Colon Cancer Stage 0 

  • The earliest stage called carcinoma in situ and it has not grown beyond the inner layer (mucosa) of the colon or rectum.

Colon Cancer Stage 1 

  • Grown into the submucosa, and not spread to nearby lymph nodes or distant sites.

Colon Cancer Stage 2

  • Grown into the wall of the colon or rectum but not reached nearby organs or lymph nodes..

Colon Cancer Stage 3

  • Grown into the submucosa and possibly the muscularis propria but but not to distant sites.

Colon Cancer  Stage 4 

  • Spread to one distant organ, such as the liver or lungs, or distant set of lymph nodes, but not to distant parts of the lining of the abdominal cavity, the peritoneum.

Colon Cancer Kown Signs and symptoms include

A persistent change in your bowel habits or change in the consistency of your stool, including diarrhea or constipation or a 
  • blood in your stool or Rectal bleeding or 
  • Persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas or pain
  • A feeling that your bowel doesn't empty completely
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Weakness or fatigue

Colon Cancer Treatment

  • Removing polyps during a colonoscopy (polypectomy)
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection.
  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic surgery)

Colon Cancer Surgery 

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Targeted drug therapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Supportive (palliative) care