Jarryd Roughead: I'm cancer free
Hawthorn star Jarryd "Roughy" Roughead has urged Australians to cover up and get their skin checked this summer, while revealing some fantastic news about his cancer treatment.
They’re the words everyone wanted to hear Hawthorn star Jarryd Roughead say.
“I’m cancer free.”
Opening up in an exclusive interview with HawksTV about his melanoma scare, Jarryd says his latest PET scan shows he’s healthy enough to get back into training, six months earlier than he had originally hoped.
“We said at the start it was going to be 12 months, and to be able to sit here now at the start of pre-season and say that, it’s a pretty good feeling.”
After undergoing cancer treatment at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the star forward says his treatment appears to be working, with the latest PET scan showing no sign of the tumours or lumps which had been there previously.
It means he’s been given the green light to get back into training alongside his friends and second family at the Hawthorn Football Club.
“I haven’t done anything for six or seven months so I’m pretty much starting from scratch.”
“It’s not going to be back to complete normality because obviously I still have to go back to have three monthly check-ups and still see the doctors and making sure I live a healthy life.”
Jarryd took the opportunity to remind people how careful you need to be in the sun, covering up with sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and sun protective clothing, while keeping an eye on any changes you notice on your skin.
“If you do see something [that has changed or concerns you], don’t put it off for three or four months. That initially was what happened with me. I let it probably slip a little bit with the one on my lip,” he says.
“You can go in [for a check up] and it doesn’t take long, five or ten minutes to get a once over to make sure your freckles and moles are all good, it’s not that hard.”
He also wanted remind people that while he’s been lucky with his reaction to the cancer drugs, every case is unique.
“People are going to be thinking, just get on the drugs that I was on, and it’s going to be like that for everyone. But unfortunately every case is different. And some people react differently to the drugs and some people react really positively, such as myself.”
Jarryd says at the end of the day, while he’s excited to get back into training, nothing’s more important to him than his family.
“Having my health right and having family by my side the whole time, they’re the things that matter.”
Hawks Forward Jarryd Roughead has always been close to his family, but as the 29-year-old fights cancer, those closest to him play an important role. Tracy McBeth explains.
Jarryd, and his younger brother Cameron and sister Emily were raised by their parents in Leongatha in Gippsland, Victoria.
“I really enjoyed growing up in the country and enjoyed a lot of time with school mates and friends and family.”
As he and his siblings have grown older, they haven’t grown apart. Now they live five minutes away from each other in Melbourne.
As he undergoes a year-long course of immunotherapy – he’s asked his loved ones not to be down or sad about his diagnosis.