Brain cancer bat­tle

Midland Reporter - - Front Page - Sarah Brookes

UN­TIL her hus­band was di­ag­nosed with brain cancer, Kala­munda coun­cil­lor Tracy Destree knew lit­tle about the dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease.

Mrs Destree was shocked to learn there had been no im­prove­ment in brain cancer sur­vival rates in Aus­tralia over the past 40 years.

“Si­mon was ini­tially di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in Oc­to­ber 2016 and the neu­ro­sur­geon was con­fi­dent it would be be­nign,” she said.

“Un­for­tu­nately four days be­fore Christmas last year, Si­mon was di­ag­nosed with a rare brain cancer – Choroid Plexus Car­ci­noma – which has also spread through his spine.

“We were ad­vised that with­out im­me­di­ate treat­ment he would only have months to live.

“Now, one year since surgery he is still re­cov­er­ing from the ef­fects of the surgery and ra­di­a­tion ther­apy – but the tu­mour is sta­ble.”

Mrs Destree has formed Team Si­mon to par­tic­i­pate in the Walk4BrainCancer fundrais­ing event on Novem­ber 12. “The five-year sur­vival rates for rare and ag­gres­sive brain can­cers can be as low as 1 per cent,” she said.

“This has driven us to sup­port the Walk4BrainCancer Foun­da­tion; with­out sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in re­search these rates will not im­prove, and a cure will be a dis­tant hope.” Mrs Destree is hop­ing to raise $10,000 for the Foun­da­tion.

Last month a $100 mil­lion fight­ing fund was an­nounced, aim­ing to dou­ble brain cancer sur­vival rates.

To do­nate go to http://www.walk4bra in­­fundrais­ing/5813/ team-si­mon

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d475885

Tracy Destree with Reanna Cross and Sue Un­der­wood and her hus­band, Si­mon, look­ing on.

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