Opera singer and star of The Voice reveals devastating setback in her cancer battle – and how staying around to raise her little daughter is driving her to beat the odds
Opera singer Viktoria Bolonina has revealed her heartbreaking battle with stage four brain cancer.
The performer, who was also a finalist on season one of The Voice back in 2012, shared a confronting photo to Instagram after revealing a tumour ‘the size of an orange’ was removed from her brain in April.
The mother-of-one spoke to the Central Coast Express Advocate on Sunday, saying she was grateful the initial operation was a success.
Brave: Opera singer and The Voice Australia star Viktoria Bolonina (pictured) has revealed her heartbreaking brain cancer fight
‘Thankfully it was successful’ she told the publication.
‘But there are cells left behind, it’s not just something that can be completely removed.’
The star, however, has been hit another blow after further tests revealed the tumour was malignant.
Battle: The star has been hit another blow after further tests revealed the tumour was malignant. Viktoria will now undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Pictured with daughter Milana, one
Viktoria will now undergo radiotherapy and chemotherapy.
‘At this stage we are waiting for a result to determine if we can do the radiotherapy and chemotherapy at the same time or separately,’ she told the publication.
The star said doctors have revealed the tumour has been growing slowly in her body for the past 10 years.
Inspiration: ‘She’s just amazing. She’s my inspiration and the reason why I want to fight this,’ Viktoria told the publication. ‘I have a chance of beating this because of her’
Viktoria said her first trigger something was wrong was when she suffered ‘panic attacks’ and ‘hallucinations’ before performing on stage back in 2018.
She also experienced ‘unbearable headaches’ with her body twisting to the left, due to the tumour being on her right side.
The star now says she will do anything to put up a fight for her one-year-old daughter, Milana.
Signs: Viktoria said it was only because of her panic attacks and hallucinations before performing on stage back in 2018. She also had ‘unbearable headaches’. Pictured with singer, Paulini Curuenavuli (left)
‘She’s just amazing. She’s my inspiration and the reason why I want to fight this,’ she told the publication.
‘I have a chance of beating this because of her.’
The star’s friends Sophia Luperdi and Katrina Mottram have started a GoFundMe page to help with ongoing medical costs.
Help: The star’s friends Sophia Luperdi and Katrina Mottram have started a GoFund Me page to help with ongoing medical costs. Pictured: Viktoria
‘Any donation no matter how small will help alleviate things for our lovely Vicky,’ the post on the website read.
‘Thank you for sparing a thought and gift. She is an inspiration to all of us.’
Elegant Viktoria appeared on The Voice Australia, where she gained fame with her rendition of the classic hit, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).
The song peaked at number five on the iTunes chart. It peaked at 28 on the ARIA charts.
Since 2016, she has performed at Woolworths Carols in the Domain every year.
Elegant: Viktoria appeared on The Voice where she gained fame with her rendition of the classic hit, Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down). It charted on iTunes and the ARIA charts