Musician beats cancer prognosis

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A musician who should have been dead nine months ago is celebrating the imminent release of his new album.

Ben Markus, 58, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January 2012 and told he had a year to live.

Not only has he defied the doctors’ expectations, but he has used the ‘extra’ time to record a new album – and even find a new love.

The divorced dad of four met songwriter Janet Croston at the beginning of this year. What struck a chord was that Janet too had been diagnosed with breast cancer and managed to beat the disease.

Said Janet: “Having won my battle with cancer I understood how important it is to live your life and have something to look forward to every day.”

Ben, who lives on Peartree Bridge, continues to play and record with his band, the Markus Band, between gruelling chemotherapy treatments at UCL hospital.

The album Manhattan Exile will be released on November 18 on Ben’s own label Ooze Records, available from Amazon or download outlets.

Meanwhile Ben and Janet are already planning another album early next year.