Stefan Karl Stefansson is still battling cancer, despite media reports suggesting he had beaten the disease.
On August 14th, We The Unicorns and other media outlets reported that Lazy Town actor Stefan Karl Stefansson was cancer free, following an interview between Stefan and Icelandic website RÚV. However, some of the nuances in that interview were lost in translation, and Stefan is still very much battling cancer.
In an update to his GoFundMe poage, Stefan revealed that he was not completely free of cancer.
“There is a little misunderstanding going on, but still there is a good reason to celebrate life. I have been asked by hundreds of people tonight if it’s true that I’m free of cancer. This is one of those questions I don’t really know how to answer. I’m free of any cancer metastases right now after undergoing a very successful liver surgery in June this year performed by one of the best liver surgery teams in the world. I’m NOT free of the danger yet, but I’m free of the metastases. I have refused any further adjuvant therapy, chemo or radiation, since there is less than 3% chance of it making any difference, but more likely it will make me more and more sick. So, if it comes back, if we are looking at another metastases, we will try surgery or nothing at all.”
So what does this mean for Stefan’s health?
“Metastases” refer to tumours that have spread from the original site of the cancer. Removing them can help to alleviate symptoms and perhaps extend life expectancy – however if the original tumour remains in the body could spread again.
Because Stefan’s cancer is so rare, it’s impossible to know if it will spread again “in the coming weeks or months.” However Stefan revealed that he is “planning to go back on stage… for 10 shows at Iceland’s National Theater,” – suggesting that he is feeling better, even if the cancer hasn’t completely gone away.