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Cancer-stricken jazz star Fred Ho given months to live

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May 06, 2013 | 6:50am EDT

Jazz star Fred Ho has been told he has just months to live after his cancer spread. The saxophonist, 56, was first diagnosed with colon cancer in 2006, and underwent five rounds of gruelling chemotherapy sessions and numerous operations in a bid to beat the disease. Doctors recently told him that tumours have spread to his lungs and liver and he only has a matter of months left - but Ho is refusing to allow his diagnosis get him down. He tells the New York Daily News, "In 2006, I was diagnosed with stage three-B colorectal (colon) cancer. Now it is Stage Four-C, advanced metastatic. I have four tumours in my right lung, two in my liver and one in my left groin. I have done every single alternative treatment, including the illegal ones. "I have no illusions. I'm supposed to die within six to 18 months. No illusions. But what people don't understand is I'm not depressed, I'm not unhappy. I'm not fearful, not afraid... I don't have any regrets. I have lived life to the fullest, but I have also accepted that the end will come, probably very soon. "I pushed the envelope to the max. I've never given up."

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