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Monday 11 December 2017

'All I can do now is more chemo but I'm not confident' - Aslan's Christy Dignam reveals cancer is back

Christy Dignam. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Christy Dignam. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Aslan frontman Christy Dignam has revealed his cancer has returned.

The 57-year-old star is reeling from the news which he received this week after a routine blood test and which he has shared with wife Kathryn and daughter Kiera.

Christy was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a blood cancer, in 2013 and underwent chemotherapy at the time. 

"It was the worst news I could get, that this negative protein is growing inside my body," he told the Irish Sun on Sunday.

"All I can do now is more chemo but I'm not confident.  Your blood develops and immunity to treatment so there's no guarantee it's going to work."

The news comes just weeks after Aslan's manager Svenn Braamark passed away suddenly from a heart attack after helping a neighbour to fight a fire.

And the band received another blow earlier this year when keyboardist Pat 'Fitzy' Fitzpatrick passed away from cancer.  They also lost social media manager Grace McDermott this year.

Christy revealed that while he looks healthy he is in a lot of pain.

"So many people have died in the past few years like the great journalist George Byrne, and David Bowie," he said.

"I consider these people the life and times of Aslan.  If they're gone, maybe I should be gone too."

Christy is currently working on an album with Finbar Fury and is aiming to play the Iveagh Gardens on July 7 with Aslan.

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