Can­cer cri­sis

Busi’s sud­den ill­ness could be ter­mi­nal, but help is at hand.

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James is try­ing his best to help daugh­ter Busi with her med­i­cal is­sue. Week­days SABC2 (*192) 21:00

Busi (Bon­tle Sithole) gets a ter­ri­fy­ing, life- chang­ing di­ag­no­sis on Thurs­day 4 Au­gust. “She has cer­vi­cal can­cer,” Bon­tle ex­plains. “The doc­tor dates this to back when her in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with the pro­fes­sor (Tsepo De­sando) be­gan [in April 2015].” This shock­ing sto­ry­line is very close to Bon­tle’s heart and the 21-year- old re­veals that “I asked my mom for help as she is cur­rently re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for cer­vi­cal can­cer. I also did more on­line re­search to try un­der­stand it bet­ter”. And while Bon­tle can dis­cuss this topic with her mom, her char­ac­ter Busi, who’s also 21, finds it dif­fi­cult to tell her dad James (Din­gaan Mokebe). That’s why she asks her bestie Ren­dani (In­no­cen­tia Makapila) to break the news to him on Fri­day 5 Au­gust.


Busi’s dad is dis­traught and left speech­less by his daugh­ter’s di­ag­no­sis. “It is very hard for him to ac­cept that his Dr Ntha­be­leng as­sists ail­ing Busi.

daugh­ter is go­ing through can­cer and he tries to dis­tance him­self from her, but he soon comes to terms with the sit­u­a­tion,” Bon­tle says. On Mon­day 8 Au­gust, James takes ac­tion and he calls his ex- girl­friend – Doc­tor Ntha­be­leng (Mona Monyane) – and begs her to ex­am­ine Busi for a sec­ond opin­ion. Com­pas­sion­ately, Ntha­be­leng im­me­di­ately agrees to help as she still has a soft spot for her ex’s daugh­ter, de­spite Busi hav­ing given her the cold shoul­der when Ntha­be­leng was dat­ing James in April 2016.

Busi is ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal for an emer­gency op­er­a­tion later on Mon­day 8 Au­gust and says Bon­tle, “At this point, Busi is happy with what Ntha­be­leng’s done for her be­cause she didn’t have to of­fer her ser­vices… but she did. Also, Busi is re­lieved to see that there was no fight­ing be­tween Ntha­be­leng and James.”


Bon­tle says that the Muvhango writ­ers want the can­cer sto­ry­line to high­light to young women that can­cer af­fects every­one. “A lot of peo­ple be­lieve that only older peo­ple get can­cer and younger women don’t. This is a myth. It’s also a myth that only pro­mis­cu­ous women get cer­vi­cal can­cer. Can­cer af­fects every­one and younger women must get reg­u­lar pap smears,” ex­plains the ac­tress. Af­ter Bon­tle ex­pe­ri­enced the treat­ment process with her mom, she’s now more aware of the disease than ever and says that cer­vi­cal can­cer symp­toms aren’t im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able, stress­ing that women need to get tests done be­fore it’s too late for them. Bon­tle’s char­ac­ter ex­pe­ri­enced cramp­ing, loss of ap­petite and ex­haus­tion on Tues­day 2 Au­gust, but it was only when she vis­ited the doc­tor on Thurs­day 4 Au­gust that Busi re­alised how se­ri­ous it was. Bon­tle adds, “I’m 21 and do [pap smear] tests on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. I en­cour­age young women to do the same.”


On Tues­day 9 Au­gust, Busi be­gins her road to re­cov­ery and re­alises that this health scare would be more dif­fi­cult to work through if she didn’t have the sup­port of her fam­ily and friends. And while view­ers won’t see Busi un­der­go­ing screen­ing to make sure that her can­cer doesn’t re­turn, in the real world, pap smear tests should be done reg­u­larly: ev­ery three years for women un­der the ages of 49 and ev­ery five years from the age of 50 on­wards.

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