Former Real Housewives of New York star, Jill Zarin shared some sad news in a recent interview at the Angel Ball.
Her husband, Bobby’s, thyroid cancer is back and has spread to his lungs and brain.
“Recently, we’ve been diagnosed with the spread of the disease…he’s getting the best care. Jill tells E! News”
After being diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009, Bobby had his thyroid removed and underwent radioactive iodine treatment. All seemed well until 2015 when he had a routine checkup at Princeton Longevity Center. Doctors found the cancer had spread to his lungs. A seemingly healthy seventy-year-old, Bobby showed no symptoms of illness.
Bobby received second, third, and fourth opinions. In April 2015, he had the tumors removed at the Mayo Clinic by Dr. Lazzaro, who used the da Vinci robotic system—a minimally invasive procedure for such a major operation. Jill had the tumorous samples sent to Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong. His company has the technology to find genetic mutations within each patient’s specific cancer.
For the next two years, Bobby’s doctors watched his lungs carefully. Though the cancer hadn’t gone into remission, the tumors hadn’t grown. But recently, they found cancer had spread to Bobby’s brain. Since the cancer hadn’t touched his spinal cord, he was a perfect candidate for gamma radiation, which he’s been receiving MD Anderson in Houston, Texas.
When they first received the call from Dr. Ron De Pinho in Houston, Jill and Bobby were vacationing in Hawaii. Bobby said:
“We were in Hawaii last week…this is just so fresh. But I feel great.”
Teaming up with the best care, Jill and Bobby are determined to aggressively tackle the cancer. Jill was adamant about fighting it so they could help others in the future.
“You have to live to live because we want to be here to raise money for cancer research. We want to live our lives to the fullest…We don’t want to miss anything while Bobby‘s healthy and strong and we’re just going to fight it.”
All About the Tea wishes Bobby and Jill all the best and hope he makes a full recovery.