Veteran actor Jerry Mofokeng shares his battle with cancer.
Dr Jerry Mofokeng was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019 and he said he believes acting helped him leave through cancer. Mofokeng said he didn’t want the public to know about his sickness hence he kept it a secret from people and continued doing what he enjoys best and that is acting.
The iconic actor is known by many as the notorious gangster Neo Mokhethi on e.tv’s popular soapie Scandal. However in a recent interview the actor decided to share about his struggle with cancer.“Last year October I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and I only shared the shocking and devastating news with my family, close friends, and colleagues,” said Mofokeng wa Makhetha.
“You are lucky that I’m sharing this with you because I haven’t spoken about this sensitive journey publicly before — and had no intention to do so until this very moment,” says Dr Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha as we sit in the winter sun, taking in the last of its rays.
“Last year October I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and I only shared the shocking and devastating news with my family, close friends, and colleagues.” After his diagnosis the doctors ordered that he immediately undergo five weeks of radiation.
“Even though everyone around me was very worried about my health, I was not, because I am spiritually and mentally strong. During the weeks of treatment, he would start his day by undergoing radiation early in the morning, then rush off to work to do what he loves. “I was able to do this because when I’m on set, I feel no pain and looking forward to acting helped me cope with the gruelling radiation.”
Mofokeng said after he was diagnosed he was ordered to undergo treatment as soon as possible. He said he had five weeks of radiation therapy. The vetaran actor went on to say three weeks into his treatment he was told that he no longer has cancer symptoms and he was in remission.
Despite his upbeat demeanour, says it was not an easy battle for him to overcome. He says it was acting, together with western and herbal medication, that helped him. “I’m sharing this because I want people to believe they can be healed, especially because of the high Covid-19 infection rate. I don’t want people to give up.”