Sad news for former Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin. Her husband Bobby’s cancer has returned and is worse than before.
In an interview with People Magazine, Jill and Bobby revealed just how serious Bobby’s cancer is. Jill said that Bobby’s cancer started out as thyroid cancer, which they thought was gone back in 2009. Two years ago, the cancer returned and spread to his lungs.
“I was hysterically crying,” Jill said. “I was scared to death.”
When Bobby was first diagnosed with thyroid cancer, he had his thyroid removed and underwent a radioactive iodine treatment, but that did not work as they thought it would.
“The radioactive iodine usually kills off whatever undetectable cancer cells are left in your body after surgery,” Bobby explained. “We thought it was cured – and it usually is in about 93 percent of cases. But I wasn’t able to absorb the radioactive iodine. So it came back.”
Bobby had no symptoms of cancer the first or second time he was diagnosed. Luckily, he had a checkup in time to catch the cancer the second time around.
“If it wasn’t for that routine checkup, it could have been too late by the time we would have found it,” Jill said.
Jill and Bobby said that they have great doctors going above and beyond to help Bobby. They also want to begin raising money to help others. Jill and their doctor teamed up with the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation to honor Bobby at a benefit on July 11 in Bridgehampton, New York, called “A Hamptons Happening.”
Jill and Bobby hope to raise $1 million for a new grant for research into targeted therapies for thyroid cancer research at the benefit.
“It’s actually a very exciting time for cancer research,” Bobby explained. “There are a lot of new developments. The way of looking at cancer treatment is really changing. Before, if you had prostate cancer, they treated that. If you had breast cancer, they treated that. Now they are treating cancer in a whole different way. It’s not where you have it but what kind of cancer you have – targeted therapy.“
Jill and Bobby said they are sharing their story so they can help others.
Our prayers go out to Jill and Bobby during this difficult time.