The Courier-Mail

Hein­rich a win­ner in can­cer lotto

- BRAD DAVID­SON

“IT FELT like I had just won the lotto.”

That was the re­sponse from ju­bi­lant race­horse trainer Gil­lian Hein­rich yesterday af­ter she re­ceived the news ev­ery can­cer suf­ferer hopes to hear – she was in the clear.

Hein­rich, who won the Or­der of the Gold Coast for 2007 af­ter be­com­ing the first woman to win a train­ers’ premier­ship at a ma­jor rac­ing precinct in Queens­land, was di­ag­nosed with bowel can­cer on March 3.

The sit­u­a­tion was so bad her bowel was com­pletely blocked.

Even when her sur­geon, Dr Mark Dou­dle, cut out the block­age, he couldn’t get around to the other side of her bowel to see if there were any signs of can­cer there.

Af­ter months of treat­ment, Hein­rich’s sur­geon could fi­nally do that yesterday via a colonoscop­y and, for­tu­nately for the first lady of Gold Coast rac­ing, it showed she was “com­pletely” clear of bowel can­cer.

“I was wor­ried and ev­ery­body that gets can­cer wor­ries,” said Hein­rich, who has been train­ing on the Coast for 30 years and won the city’s big­gest race, the Magic Mil­lions 2YO Clas­sic, with Mil­i­tary Rose in 2010.

“I was very ner­vous and when the sur­geon said my bowel was com­pletely clear I was just so re­lieved.

“It felt like I had just won the lotto.”

Hein­rich had hy­per­ther­mia ther­apy – a type of treat­ment where body tis­sue is ex­posed to higher tem­per­a­tures to kill can­cer cells – in­stead of chemo­ther­apy.

 ??  ?? ALL CLEAR: Gold Coast trainer Gil­lian Hein­rich.
ALL CLEAR: Gold Coast trainer Gil­lian Hein­rich.

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