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Channel 9 News Presenter Fights Fast-Spreading Prostate Cancer

Life-Changing Diagnosis At Only 42 Years Old

Will McDonald Channel 9 Hiking

Channel 9 news presenter Will McDonald was in shock the day he was given a life-changing prostate cancer diagnosis at only 42 years old.

What he thought was a hip injury from his active gym-going lifestyle, was in fact a fast-spreading cancer which had already gone from his prostate to his hip.

He had no other symptoms.

“I went into the GP’s office to get my MRI results and I was expecting to find a chipped bone, torn cartilage, maybe a bit of early onset arthritis,” he recalled.

“I can’t exactly remember the words that came out of the doctor’s mouth but she kind of showed me the report and scan and said ‘these white spots here, they think are cancer’.

“It kind of overwhelms you quite quickly. A lot of emotions very quickly go through your mind.”

What followed next was a whirlwind of appointments, tests, specialists, medication and treatments. Will is on hormone therapy to stop the cancer from growing and has undergone chemotherapy and radiotherapy to kill the cancer cells.

And he has continued to work throughout his journey, anchoring Channel 9 Adelaide’s 6pm news bulletin on weekends and the network’s 5pm news from Monday to Wednesday.

“I made a decision really early on to be positive and strong, and luckily the people closest to me have fed off this positivity and strength and that’s been really important for me.”

Will was given a frank diagnosis about his prostate cancer, that he would never be ‘cured’, he would only ever be in remission. But his positivity wasn’t about to accept that outlook – and with medical research, he knows he has hope.

He recently visited Adelaide’s Centre for Cancer Biology which is progressing world-leading cancer research with support from Australian Prostate Cancer and The Hospital Research Foundation Group.

“We know with medical research that things can change really quickly, even just the other week on the news we had a story about a new drug for prostate cancer,” Will said.

“There’s always a next step, a next development, and I find it quite amazing that people are literally working on things here in Adelaide that will keep me alive.”

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