Ethan Zohn’s Cancer Is Back

by | September 14, 2009 at 3:50 PM | TV News

Ethan Zohn (People)

Ethan Zohn (People)

‘Survivor: Africa’ winner Ethan Zohn’s battle with cancer has taken a turn for the worst.

“My cancer is back,” Zohn said to PEOPLE. “I have never been so scared in my life, for my life.”

“It was a complete punch in the face,” he added, after describing when his doctor called him with the post-chemo test results on August 26.

The star and his family are in shock. “My mom was obviously upset,” he said. “My brothers – everyone’s upset. They can’t believe it’s what’s happening. But on the flip side, everyone’s positive and supportive.”

But through it all, Zohn is still positive. “You have to think positive. And you have to find the strength, which I will. And you have to rely on other people, which I will,” he added.

The star was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Disease back in April, and he underwent chemotherapy for several months, which left him with no hair and nauseous.

‘Survivor’ winner Jenna Morasca has been chronicling her supporting role in Zohn’s illness for Fancast, detailing their day-to-day struggle with the disease.