GET CHECKED: Mayor Paul Pisasale talks about his recent cancer scare. Photo: Rob Williams
GET CHECKED: Mayor Paul Pisasale talks about his recent cancer scare. Photo: Rob Williams

Mayor's health alert

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has revealed he had a cancer scare after a tumour had to be removed in an emergency operation.

The mayor spent five days in hospital after the four-hour operation to remove the 2cm tumour in his duodenum.

He said his surgeon, Professor David Gotley, told him he couldn't wait any longer for the operation.

Cr Pisasale said the tumour was benign, but it would have become cancerous had it been left much longer.

"Prof Gotley said, 'You and Steve Jobs have something in common. The difference is he didn't attend to his quick enough'," he said. "The thing is, when these grow they become cancerous. So they cut mine out before it got to that stage.

"I pushed the operation back two weeks because I had things in my diary. I left it till it had the least impact on the community.

"They gave me special medication to control it.

"Actually Anna Bligh did me a favour by changing the election date. Otherwise I would have been in hospital for my election."

He declared himself "as fit as a fiddle" after getting out of hospital on Tuesday and is keen to promote men's health.

"What happened was, turning 60, I wanted to get tests done. I went to Dr David Careless - great doctor, unfortunate name for a doctor - and Dr Harry Ratnam," he said.

"They sent me to Dr Holt who put a camera up both sides. One end was really good, but when they went down the throat, they found a tumour in the duodenum.

"Men take their car for a service right on the clock - we do it regularly and women are good at it - but not with health check-ups.

"I had my first prostate examination when I was 60. We're all the same - we're hopeless.

"So it's taught me a lesson. And someone is smiling down on me because Dr Holt got me straight down to Dr Gotley at the Mater Private. I am just so blessed that I went and had a check-up.

"The message is, go out and get a test because if they catch diseases early the technology they've got out there is so fantastic."

He was deadly serious talking about his disease, but showed he had lost none of his mischievous spirit.

"The doctor called me a non-compliant patient. Can you believe that?" he said.

"I made a lot of friends there. Prof Gotley is coming up to play golf at Brookwater.

"To my friends, I'm back; to my enemies, sorry."



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