Barry Du Bois Cancer shock

Six years af­ter he was given i the all clear, The Liv­ing Room star is fight­ing cancer again

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I’m go­ing into this bat­tle with the love, sup­port and en­cour­age­ment of my friends and fam­ily, and all of you,” much-loved host and res­i­dent handy­man Barry Du Bois vowed, as he re­vealed the heart­break­ing news the cancer he fought off six years ago had re­turned.

“It seems my cancer has come back rea­son­ably ag­gres­sive. Now I have what is re­garded as mul­ti­ple myeloma. I’ve got a cancer, which has cre­ated sev­eral tu­mours right through my body,” a vis­i­bly shaken Barry, 57, said on air. “In the med­i­cal world, I’m on the exit off the free­way, there’s no doubt about that!”

Com­forted by his co-hosts and close friends Amanda Keller, Dr Chris Brown and Miguel Maestre, the fa­ther-of-two – who was first di­ag­nosed with plas­ma­cy­toma myeloma in 2010, a cancer of the im­mune sys­tem that at­tacks bone mar­row – re­vealed his treat­ment plan for the com­ing months.

“I’ve had two cy­cles of chemo now. And if goes well, touch wood, at the end of my third cy­cle I’m go­ing to do a stem cell and bone mar­row re­trieval, and pre­pare for a trans­plant,” he ex­plained.

“At Christ­mas time when we’re on hol­i­days, I’m go­ing to be in an iso­la­tion ward with the great peo­ple at St Vin­cent’s Hos­pi­tal in Syd­ney, un­der the care of some amaz­ing peo­ple, and I’m go­ing to be given a very strong dose of medicine.”

His co-stars ap­plauded him for his brav­ery. “So much love and re­spect for you tonight. The very real and hon­est way you opened up about the fight you face will stay with me for­ever,” Dr Chris wrote on In­sta­gram. And Amanda echoed his thoughts, “I know no stronger per­son, inside and out, than Barry Du Bois. We’re with you ev­ery step of the way Baz.”

It’s not the first time Barry’s fam­ily has been touched by cancer. In 2004, Barry lost his mother to the dis­ease and then, just over a year later, his wife Leonie mis­car­ried twins af­ter 13 rounds of IVF. The doc­tors then dis­cov­ered she had cer­vi­cal cancer, but thank­fully her treat­ment was suc­cess­ful and the cou­ple went on to have five-yearold twins Ara­bella and Ben­nett through the help of a sur­ro­gate.

De­spite the shock­ing news, Barry re­mains op­ti­mistic he’ll beat his bat­tle with the dis­ease once again. “This is just an­other fight for me. I’m quite com­fort­able I’m gonna win,” he bravely vowed.

Barry took some time out to sail the Mediter­ranean with his fam­ily in July. “I’m gonna win,” he bravely vowed on air. The pop­u­lar TV star en­joys qual­ity time with wife Leonie and twins Ben­nett and Ara­bella.

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