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Tumour Claims Cancer Specialist Professor Chris O'Brien - Australia

Health & Wellness  (tags: australia, chris o'brien, cancer, barin cancer, lifehouse, sydney, research, surgeon, kevin rudd, state funeral, sadness, rpa )

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Renowned cancer specialist Professor Chris O'Brien has died of a brain tumour in Sydney, just days before he was due to be made an officer in the Order of Australia in next Monday's Queen's Birthday honours list. Professor O'Brien was diagnosed with a


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John R (56)
Thursday June 4, 2009, 8:59 pm
I heard an interview with Professor Chris O'Brien on NRNZ a couple of months ago. The world has lost a very special and caring human being. Slan Agus Beannacht Chris.

Chrissy N (118)
Thursday June 4, 2009, 9:04 pm
I am sitting here heartbroken. From when we, along with most of Australia, first met Chris on RPA and recognised his talents and the compassion he felt towards and gave his patients, we knew he was someone special.

We have followed his brave battle with his "beast" and hoped that he would be entitled to achieve one of the miracles that he gave others. Sadly, that was not to be, but he did get to see his wonderful legacy of Lifehouse up and going.

Both myself (Stage 3 Esophageal cancer) and my husband (Stage 4 Kidney cancer) know that this centre will be a marvellous facility for the Australian people. It is reassuring to know that complimentary treatments will be available alongside traditional.

Know that our hearts are breaking and we send our sincere condolences to his wife and children, along with those at RPA and Lifehouse.

sue M (184)
Friday June 5, 2009, 8:29 pm
Sad, very sad.

Dee C (23)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 2:12 am
Rest in peace Chris O'Brien..
Sadly noted..
Thanks Chrissy..((hug))

Jenny Dooley (830)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 3:54 am
Rest in peace Chris O'Brien

Brian Smith (0)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 7:09 am
Did this man try alternative natural therapies....or did he just do the usual chemo, radiation, and drugs? If he did not try natural alternatives, he wasn't as good a doctor as people make him out to be. Also, not as smart. There are all natural cures for cancer that work basically 100% of the time.

Edward H (45)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 12:47 pm
Rest in Peace Chis and Thank-you for all have done in the field...

John R (56)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 1:04 pm
Brian this man was a great doctor. I'm not sure what his opinion was of alternative therapies. However your claim that they can cure 100% of cancers is just abject nonsense if that was true there would be virtually no cancer. I have several friends who have died of cancer some of whom tried alternative therapies and just like the ones who used chemo etc. they still died. None of these treatments is an exact science.

Chrissy N (118)
Saturday June 6, 2009, 8:41 pm
Brian, maybe if you had taken the time to research about him, you would have found the following. He was a GREAT surgeon, specialising in head and neck cancers ... which is ironic when he got such an aggressive brain tumour himself. yes, he underwent surgery (5 times), chemo and radiation, but he was also a great advocate of comlimentary/alternative treatments. His legacy ... Lifehouse is going to be a great cancer centre and states ...

"Chris's vision was for an integrated cancer treatment centre so that patients would no longer have to navigate their way through all the different elements of dealing with their illness alone. His experience with cancer gave him the moral authority to advocate this model of integrated cancer care to the highest offices in the land, and he succeeded. Lifehouse will provide a full range of services including diagnosis, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, as well as support, wellness and complementary healthcare facilities."

Stan B (123)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 12:35 am
He was a most amazing, courageous and compassionate human being. Australia and the world will miss him and the amazing skills he demonstrated. His lasting legacy will be the cancer centre he worked so hard to establish in Sydney which Chrissy has described above.
I heard one of his patients say he gave a little piece of himself to everyone he met or treated.
Sadly my younger brother died from the same type of cancer a couple of years ago, after a brave fight which included alternative therapies.
There has been very little progress in treating Glioblastoma Multiforme. The recovery rate is virtually zero.

Winefred M (88)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 7:13 am
Sadly noted.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 7, 2009, 8:28 am
Sad tale of a very talented and compassionate man.I'm sure the people whom he treated will honour his memory.But I am intrigued by Brians statement regarding natural therapies that arI natural cures for cancer which work basicaly 100% of the time.i have never seen any evidence for this.In fact On occasion when I have sought advise from practicioners of alternative medicine they have always told me sraight off that the treatment which they are offering is no substitute for conventional medicine.Most of these alternatives seem to be inspired by faith.However if the statment is true then th Internatonall Fund For Cancer Research should be immediatly informed.
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