Patient stories

Every dollar has the power to change a life

Much of our work wouldn’t happen without support from people like you. Each donation helps us improve the lives of people diagnosed with cancer. Some of our cancer patients have generously shared their experiences with cancer, and how cancer research has helped to save their lives.

Clare had just graduated uni and felt she had the world at her feet until everything changed when she was diagnosed with cancer. This is her story.

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Rick Ryan is a butcher from Shepparton. A little over five years ago, he faced a life-threatening cancer diagnosis. This is his story.

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Jacqui was just 16 when severe stomach pain led to a devastating diagnosis of a rare and aggressive form of cancer called sarcoma. Although she endured a year of treatment, research discoveries into the treatment of sarcoma helped her to survive.

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Nola had to explain to her daughter Holly 18, and her son Nick 16, that she had cancer. She was 49. It was Nola’s wish that she live to meet her first grandchild. Thanks to her doctors and nurses at Peter Mac, Nola’s wish was granted.

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Peter Mac staff member Shae found a lump in her breast when she was just 24. On the day of her diagnosis, she could only think “But I’m not finished yet, I’m not finished yet.”

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Musician Hugh was diagnosed with prostate cancer at just 54. It was aggressive and didn’t respond to treatment. The worst thing was having to tell his mother and three daughters. Our researchers are working hard to find more treatments, thanks to donors like you.

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People who share their experiences with cancer play a very important role in our work. They help others to understand what it’s like to experience cancer, and the role that cancer research can play in giving new hope to people with cancer and their families.

Do you have a cancer experience that you would like to share with Peter Mac supporters? We would love to talk to you about the different ways you could consider sharing your story.

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