Around 21,000 Kiwis are living with blood cancer. Symptoms can be difficult to recognise, and experts worry that some people aren’t getting diagnosed as our health system tackles the impact of Covid-19. Hayley McLarin investigates.
Neil Brownlie has beaten blood cancer three times in a decade.
The former electrician from Dunedin has overcome Hodgkin lymphoma, Burkitt lymphoma and acute myeloid lymphoma. Doctors tell him they haven’t known any other patient to have three different blood cancers.
But at 37, he’s had so much chemotherapy he’s been told he cannot afford to get cancer again, and his body won’t withstand any more chemo.