Scott Dureau has opened up on his health.
Having completed chemotherapy and moved onto a targeted therapy, the Jersey Flegg coach is fighting.
Speaking to the Our Town Our Team podcast, Dureau provided an update on how he’s tracking.
“I feel really good, the new treatment I’m on, I’ve been on treatment now for just over two months which is a targeted therapy they call it, which basically targets the cancerous cells in your body and not all the cells in your body as the chemo that I first had, did,” Dureau explained.
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“I tolerate it really well at the moment, some pretty positive early signs after only a couple of months, they think that it is doing a pretty good job and doing some good work at the moment.”
With his hair back, Dureau is looking and feeling well but will have another check up in 12 weeks’ time.
It’s a solid position to be in after a torrid 10 months.
The 33-year-old went for a routine MRI scan last year only to find six small tumors on his brain. Having successfully had surgery to remove them, it was discovered the cancer had spread.
“Go for another scan in three months time to see where we’re at and keep continuing on as I am at the moment,” he said.
“I had yearly scans after the 2013 surgery I had to remove the tumor.
“November last year I found out that it had grown back in my brain, so had surgery again to remove it.
“Unfortunately, we found it a week before Christmas we had found out it had spread to my liver.
“The targeted therapy seems to be working, we think we’ve got them (all the tumors) under control and the most recent scan has shown some slight improvement.
“The good thing about the treatment I’m on now is I can stay on that as long as possible so if it takes a year, five years, 10 years it doesn’t really matter, as long as it’s working and I can tolerate it.”
As often is the case, in troubling times, the best in people is brought out.
This was the case when the Men of League Foundation and the hosted a fundraiser.
Matty Johns, Trent Robinson and several of his former Knights teammates were in attendance to help raise funds for Scott and his family.
“To have the continued support from people all across the world and the ruby league community with the Mark Hughes Beanies for Brain Cancer Round, was an amazing to be inundated with more support,” he said.
“It really does make you appreciate what you have in your life with your family and friends and all the great memories I have.”