Digging deep for cancer
COOLOOLA Radiology held a morning tea fundraiser in honour of cancer patients and their families and, in particular, the sister of sonographer Tamara Allcorn.
Tamara's sister Jessica Irvine is battling aggressive breast cancer and at just 28 years old will go into surgery to have a double mastectomy at the end of this month.
In her position at Cooloola Radiology, Tamara deals with cancer every day, mostly in the early stages of diagnosis.
The morning tea raised $700 thanks to generous donations from staff and patients and Tamara said it was comforting to see Gympie people digging deep for people they didn't know, just like her sister in Bathurst.
Jessica was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer in the 13th week of pregnancy.
Doctors believed her unborn baby would not survive the chemotherapy needed to treat the cancer, which had spread from her left breast to her lymph glands, and the unborn baby was terminated to save her life.
Had Jessica opted for less invasive chemotherapy, there was little chance she or the baby would have survived. Even if they did, her child would almost certainly be premature, with a high risk of birth defects and of developing childhood cancer.
Jessica is now on her last round of chemotherapy and Tamara will be taking leave from work to be with her sister during surgery.
The young mum was treated to a day of pampering at a Sydney spa and a makeover by celebrity stylist Donny Galella last month, alongside four other women with breast cancer, including Today Tonight reporter Sally Obermeder.
SCARY BREAST CANCER FACTS
Every day in Australia, more than 30 women discover they have breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women aged over 35 years - 29% of all cancers diagnosed
Breast cancer is the most common cause of death from cancer in Australian women
Currently in Australia, 100,000 women, their families and friends have had to cope or are still coping with a diagnosis of breast cancer and its consequences.