A news article I read this evening has left me feeling..just sad. Professor Chris O'Brien, someone many Australians have come to 'know' as a caring, lovely oncologist from RPA, is about to lose his own battle with cancer.
Professor Chris O'Brien 'gravely ill' in hospital
June 04, 2009 03:07pm
The family of cancer sufferer Professor Chris O'Brien is by the former surgeon's side in hospital after his condition significantly deteriorated.
Prof O'Brien, formerly the face of reality television medical program RPA, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme in 2006.
In April, at a function to announce $100 million in federal funding for his Lifehouse at RPA cancer treatment centre, he said he had suffered a regression.
The former head and neck cancer specialist's obvious deterioration brought Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to the verge of tears.
A statement from Lifehouse at RPA said the surgeon was now nearing the end of his two-and-a-half year battle with the disease, and he was admitted to hospital yesterday.
"Professor Chris O'Brien was last night admitted to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital after suffering a significant deterioration in his condition," Lifehouse said.
"The O'Brien family would like to thank those who have supported Chris and his work with the Sydney Cancer Centre over the past few years.
"They request that his privacy now be respected during this very difficult time."
Building works on the project which will become Prof O'Brien's legacy begins in Camperdown at the end of 2009.
When completed in 2012 it will be Australia's largest cancer care centre.
Mr Rudd paid tribute to Prof O'Brien at April's function in Sydney, saying he considered the former surgeon a "friend" and "inspiration".
"In the two years since I've known Chris, I've come to respect him deeply, to admire him deeply, to love him deeply as a first class human being," Mr Rudd said.
"It is one of the terrible ironies of life that a man like Chris would be diagnosed with the very type of cancer he did so much to fight against with his own patients."
I knew, logically that his chances were not good. I knew enough to know that that type of glioblastoma is one of the more aggressive. But oh, how I wanted him to be ok. How I wanted his to be a success story.
Go in peace, Dr. You've earned it.
It seems he has died. I pray it was peaceful, and his family is ok.