Jim Millar was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2013. While away on holidays he noticed a lump in his elbow; this would begin his long journey of numerous rounds of chemotherapy and endless tests.
After several months of numerous tests and consultations with several specialists, Jim was eventually diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma – metastatic rhabdosarcoma, a sarcoma usually only seen in children and young adults.
After an operation to remove the cancer, followed by a course of radiation therapy and 18 weeks of chemotherapy at Icon Wesley, Jim was given the all clear and returned to work in January 2014.Two years later, after a work trip to Perth, his regular scans picked up blood clots in his leg and lungs. Followed shortly by severe back pain ending in the emergency department, Jim’s clots were found to be cancerous, with cancer spreading to his spine. After receiving more chemotherapy and radiation therapy, Jim decided to slow down and semi-retire to Cairns at the end of 2016.