A cancer diagnosis is often described as a rollercoaster of emotions, so having people look out for you can make all the difference. For Mackay residents, Allan Paranthoiene and Paul Doolan, finding friendship during their prostate cancer treatment was a blessing.
Allan and Paul were perfect strangers, both diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017. Paul was diagnosed in June 2017 just one day after he and his wife sold their local business. Allan is a retired floor tiler who was enjoying the caravan retired lifestyle with his wife when he received the news he had cancer. For both Allan and Paul, the diagnosis came as a shock, both showing little to no symptoms. After their respective surgeries, they were recommended radiation therapy treatment.
The pair become the first few patients to receive radiation therapy at Icon Cancer Centre, the first centre to offer radiation therapy treatment in Mackay. On their first day of treatment their appointments were back to back, and a few greetings later a long-term friendship began.