FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2007: Michael today completed the scheduled pre-operative
course of radiation treatment at Canberra Hospital and will now focus on
recovering for surgery, expected to be mid-September.
However, it could be three or four weeks before he can have a test to find
out how successful the radiation and chemotherapy have been in treating the
tumour. His medical team are hoping the tumour will have disappeared
altogether and that evidence of the cancer in any lymph nodes has been
In the last few days, Michael has returned to the gym, doing some light
training sessions at the ACT Academy of Sport and out on his bike. As he
says: 'I am in training for surgery'.
The cumulative effects of the radiation therapy mean Michael expects to
feel his worst over the next couple of weeks despite having his last
treatment today. Extreme fatigue and oesophagitis (pain and discomfort
swallowing) are the main symptoms but he is hopeful he can continue
training and manage his eating to retain weight.
He is also looking forward to celebrating daughter Matilda's first birthday
and maybe even going to one of the Canberra Raiders' last home games for
The extensive surgery could mean hospitalisation for ten days and a long
period of recovery afterward so Michael plans to savour the two or three
weeks between completing the radiation treatment and having surgery when he
expects to feel his old self again.