Colleagues keep an eye on MP
FEDERAL Parliament is often seen as an unfriendly place but one MP is thanking her colleagues for saving her life.
Lisa Chesters, a 38-year-old Labor MP, will start radiotherapy for a rare eye cancer after fellow politicians persuaded her to get a spot on the white of her eyeball checked.
“After I got the diagnosis I began to ring my colleagues in Canberra to say thank-you for saving my life,” she said. “I could have lost my eye – thankfully we are not at that stage yet.”
The Victorian had been told by an eye specialist the spot was safe and should only be removed for “cosmetic reasons”.
But her colleagues, including Paterson MP Meryl Swanson, frontbencher Warren Snowdon and even Opposition Leader Bill Shorten pushed her to seek a second opinion.
“They started to ask me what the mark was and telling me I should get a second opinion,” she said.
In April, Ms Chesters went to a second specialist who agreed to remove the spot, which was found to be a rare conjunctival melanoma.
Eye melanomas that grow on the white of the eye are often more aggressive and have a high rate of recurrence.