(the or a) second time

One Heart

Senior Member
Egyptian Arabic
I've come across this piece of news this morning about Anastacia:
The I'm Outta Love star scrapped her 2013 European tour in January (13) after doctors told her she is facing the disease for a second time, after having previously beaten cancer in 2003.

I'd say 'for the second time'. I don't know why they use 'a' here. Any idea?
 
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