‘Real Chance of Love’ star Ahmad ‘Real’ Givens starts chemo for colon cancer
Ahmad “Real” Givens, best known for VH1’s “I Love New York” and “Real Chance of Love,” has started chemotherapy to battle stage four colon cancer as he fights for his life. Real is expected to take a pill form of chemotherapy after consulting with doctors in Los Angeles, TMZ said on March 23.
Real, who is only 33 and unusually young for this devastating diagnosis, revealed that he had late-stage colon cancer just days ago. Ahmad “Real” Givens also is a member of the rap Band the Stallionaires along with brothers Kamal and Micah Givens.
Ahmad “Real” Givens originally got sick in January and thought he simply had the flu. After several visits to doctors and first being told he had a liver problem, he was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer and was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.
After consulting with his doctors at Cedars-Sinai, Ahmad “Real” Givens has apparently been advised to take a form of oral chemotherapy, rather than the more traditional IV chemotherapy. Real is expected to undergo chemotherapy for at least two years.
The medical bills for Ahmad “Real” Givens are expected to be “staggering,” and the star has also set up a cancer fund seeking donations to help cover expenses. The cancer fund says that Real’s insurance will cover only about 40 percent of his medical bills.
The fund lists Real’s goal as $200,000, and the VH1 star has already raised thousands of dollars.
“Anybody that knows Real knows that he is a tough, strong, spiritual individual, and will fight this off,” the Ahmad Givens cancer fund site says. “He appreciates all his friends, family, and fans for helping him get through in this time of need.”
Stage four colon cancer is one of the later stages of colon cancer, which has five stages, according to the National Cancer Institute. In stage four colon cancer, the cancer generally has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver, lungs or lymph nodes.
It’s unusual to be diagnosed with colon cancer at such a young age like Ahmad “Real” Givens. The risk of colorectal cancer typically increases after age 50.
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 50,000 Americans died from colorectal cancer in 2009, the latest year for which statistics are available.