Michael Milton was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer on Friday 6 July 2007. It was a huge shock to Michael and his family and the initial prognosis was not good. With a 35% survival rate, Oesophagael Cancer in one of the world's deadliest.
Michael received chemotherapy and radiotherapy in July/August and had radical surgery in September 2007. The results were extremely positive and, although he wont be officially cancer-free until the five year mark, Michael is now in remission.
In July 2012 Michael celebrated five years since his diagnosis and also thirty years since his first cancer diagnosis as a nine year old. Friends and family came to Canberra for a big party.
His recovery continues. He is often unwell and fatigue is still a problem but he is generally in reasonable health. He continues to challenge himself physically in the hope that continuing fitness will keep the cancer at bay.
Photo: Michael leaves the hospital in Canberra after his last radiation session in August 2007.