Pediatric Cancer

Auckland man’s childhood cancer treatment leads to five life-threatening illnesses [Video]

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Josh McMillan, left, and Finn Davenport at CanTeen’s July 2022 leadership camp in Christchurch.

At just 23, Josh McMillan has survived six life-threatening illnesses, including childhood leukaemia – but they’ve taken a toll that’s been more than just physical.

McMillan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at the age of 9. He had a rare genetic marker that meant his cancer was “going to be harder to beat and harder to keep away”, he said.

The treatment was successful, but the repercussions on his body have been long-term.

The resident of Auckland’s Ōrākei has since been diagnosed with the heart disorder Long QT syndrome, the blood disorder immune thrombocytopenia, osteoporosis, the liver condition nodular regenerative hyperplasia and an enlarged spleen.

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