Biloela couple Henry and Pat Hahn take time out on the veranda of their unit at the Central Queensland Cancer Support Centre while in town undergoing tests.
Biloela couple Henry and Pat Hahn take time out on the veranda of their unit at the Central Queensland Cancer Support Centre while in town undergoing tests. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Hahn's endure fearful wait

IT was an unsettling ordeal, but Pat and Henry Hahn had been through it all before.

The Biloela couple had to stay in Rockhampton for a week recently while undergoing testing for cancer.

This is Pat’s second cancer scare.

In 2003 she had a mammogram and was told she had abnormal results, but at a follow-up, doctors said everything was okay.

“It got to Christmas time and I knew something was wrong... my breast was changing colour and was itchy,” she said.

Pat went to see a doctor but they told her it wasn’t cancer.

“It was April 2004 by the time I went to my doctor in Biloela and by then my breast was purple.

“I had breast cancer,” she said.

Pat had a mastectomy and underwent treatment.

Recently Pat had to stay in Rockhampton after tests showed the cancer may have returned.

“Doctors have said there is a shadow on my lung and changes in my lymph nodes, so that’s scary,” she said.

But it’s not only Pat who has a health scare.

Henry has had three blood tests over the past couple of months and will go for more testing to check for prostate cancer.

They were able to stay in the $2 million Central Queensland Cancer Support Centre, which is a home away from home for regional cancer patients.

The Cancer Council Queensland is still receiving donations towards the centre, with The Rock Building Society contributing $6,500 following the Rock into The Rock fundraiser.

The centre improves access to cancer screening, treatment and support services and has eight short-term accommodation units adjacent to an education and support building on Upper Dawson Road.



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