Jonathon Coleman’s cancer battle
Much loved radio and TV star Jonathon Coleman has urged Aussie men to get checked for prostate cancer after revealing his own battle with the disease.
The 62-year-old Macquarie Radio star has told 2GB’s Steve Price he received the diagnosis a year ago with tests revealing it had already spread to the lymph nodes and bones.
“It was just like being in a movie. It was so weird. I was suddenly ‘that’ person. I was on my own and your life just sort of flashes before your eyes.”
What followed was 18 weeks of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiotherapy; all why trying to maintain a ‘normal’ life.
“I did the whole chemo thing whilst also doing Studio 10 every day and doing my show for Macquarie on Talking Lifestyle every night. I just decided I wanted to continue as normal.
“That’s my defence mechanism; being a positive and happy person.”
In his chat with Price, ‘Jono’ revealed he doesn’t know if he’ll ever be clear of the disease and urged men to learn from his experience.
“The blood test is one thing. But men have got to actually insist and say ‘I want a digital examination because then I’ll be completely happy with the outcome.’ I didn’t do that.”
“My message, I guess, to people and men all over Australia is to get yourself checked. If you’re not happy with just the PSA test or blood test, say: I want a digital examination.”
For more information on prostate cancer; head to Prostate Cancer.