Jonas Brothers' Dad Kevin Is Now Cancer-Free, And He Opens Up About His Emotional Journey
In March 2017, the Jonas Brother’s patriarch, Kevin Jonas, went for his first colonoscopy. He thought it would be just a regular check-up, so he didn’t expect to get to know he had a large mass in his colon. What was even worse, doctors suspected it to be malignant.
Congrats to my dad @papakjonas on opening #nelliessouthernkitchen go try the amazing food! pic.twitter.com/D6TaJjyRSf
— J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) June 8, 2016
Battling the disease
The devastating news shook the family. All four of his sons – Kevin, Joe, Nick, and Frankie – immediately cancelled their plans and dropped their schedules to be with their father. Jonas admits that it felt as if his entire life flashed in front of him:
In that moment, I thought, Have I lived a good life? Have I been good to my kids and my wife?
A few weeks later, the patriarch underwent surgery to remove the mass, which confirmed the family’s worst fears: stage II colon cancer. To prevent a recurrence, Jonas received chemotherapy for half a year. It was a hard time for the famous clan who balanced between hope and fear.
Luckily, Kevin did his first screening early enough (he was 52 at that time) to catch the cancer early. The prognosis was good, though he still had to deal with various complications. Finally, on December 22, Jonas heard the goon news – he was in remission. The best Christmas present, isn’t it?
Now, that he is in good health, Kevin wants to spend more time with his wife and watch his grandchildren grow up. The former pastor also wants to raise awareness of other people and save their lives by sharing his crisis. In particular, he is an active advocate for early screening.
— Denise Jonas (@mamadjonas) November 10, 2017
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States. Even if you have no signs and symptoms, it’s important to get your first screening when you turn 50. When caught early, it has a very high likelihood of being treated due to advances in diagnosis and treatment.
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— J O E J O N A S (@joejonas) February 13, 2018