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Mark Allen battling cancer

Mark Allen
Mark Allen playing in Australia in 2003. Image: Getty

The golf world is moving to support touring professional and popular media person Mark Allen, who has revealed he is battling stage four cancer.

Allen, 50, learned late last year that he had a significant tumour in the bowel and a secondary cancer in the chest.

He told the Herald Sun at the weekend that he had needed surgery to remove 18 percent of a lung, and this week confronts more surgery to take out 70 percent of his bowel.

A radio host with the Macquarie network, father-of-two Allen had previously chosen to keep his condition private, and has continued to work in radio.

“There is no doubt when I got the news I was stage four,’’ Allen said. “In some of that alone time you are in the car and start thinking the worst. All your life all you want to do is look after (wife) Trish and the kids. You are driving along and thinking about funeral songs. What song will they play at my funeral?

“But that disappeared pretty quickly. Let’s put some good music on and now I am singing in the car again. I have got some superstar doctors and I trust in them.’’

Allen played on the Australasian tour for 14 years before moving into coaching and media, becoming a popular after-dinner speaker and host.

He now faces three more months of radiology and chemotherapy beyond this week’s surgery. “At the moment it’s a really good story and we have ticked every box and we just have to get through the second half of it,” he said.


Posted by Paul Martin at
18/05/2019 11:12 AM
Mark, I have never met you as a adult but feel I know you because I worked with your Dad at H J Heinz many years ago and have followed your golf and radio career with interest.....My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am sure a healthy, strong-minded person like you will beat this.....Stay focused, Paul
Posted by Philip Price at
16/05/2019 06:12 PM
Mark,you are a great man and love to listen to you an OX,l wish you all the very best mate and see back on air soon cracking jokes
Posted by Chris Birchall at
03/05/2019 08:32 PM
Hi Marko, I've been through Rectal Cancer which had also spread to my Liver. Not sure what stage that is, but it led to 3 major surgeries, radiation and chemo therapies. I'm now sitting here whingeing that the rain is going to stuff up my golf game tomorrow at Yering Meadows. It is thanks to some awesome surgeons and support staff that i find myself in this position today. My ordeal occurred around 10 years ago - yours is about to begin. I swear to you that you will again stride the fairways, kiss your wife, hug your children - the medical advances in this field never stop, and the highly effective treatments I was subjected to some 10 years ago will have been greatly refined. Your life will never be the same, but you will be alive mate. I can only wish you all the best Mark - may the force be with you! Cheers, Chris
Posted by Alan Sweeney at
02/05/2019 03:44 PM
Mark, hang in there I have survived cancer, have faith in the professionals and stay positive. All the best Alan Sweeney ex Huntingdale member.
Posted by Ian Carragher at
01/05/2019 10:00 PM
Best of luck with your battle. Six years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer of the bowel. After surgery to remove 40 cm of my bowel and a difficult time with chemo, I emerged through the other side and got my 5 year clearance last year. Having a good support network and a positive attitude is the key. Best of luck mate. You've got this covered.
Posted by DAVID CRICK at
01/05/2019 08:36 PM
Mate. Chin up and kick this in the guts. Strong to hold it back from the people but we are stronger behind you. Look forward to you back on arvos. Kick its arse. Best to family. Dave C.
Posted by Ivan and Leonie Robson at
30/04/2019 04:33 PM
Wishing and praying for your recovery, strength and courage to you and your beautiful family. Soar on an Eagle mate... Pun intended.
Posted by Peter at
29/04/2019 10:47 PM
Good luck champ
Posted by Bob at
29/04/2019 11:37 AM
Mark "Never give up" I had the big "C" in the salivary gland , after 30 radiotherapy sessions and a complete trust in the doctors its "done" I'm good, whilst your case appears as more complex the "never give up" theory worked for me and I certainly hope it does for you..Cheers and keep swinging those clubs.
Posted by Don Stevenson at
29/04/2019 11:24 AM
Hi Mark, we haven't met but this just to wish you all the best for your up coming treatments etc. Cheers, Don.

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