Cricket star Gavin Robertson ‘fighting for life’ after brain cancer diagnosis

Macquarie Sports Radio presenter Mat Thompson told listeners the prognosis for cricket star Gavin Robertson wasn't good after he was diagnosed with brain cancer. Source: Facebook.com/GavinRobertson

Former Australian cricketer Gavin Robertson is in “the fight of his life” after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

On Tuesday, Macquarie Sports Radio presenter Mat Thompson wished Robertson a happy birthday but told listeners it wasn’t the best birthday the 53-year-old would have.

“I know he’s had happier birthdays than the one he’s experiencing right now but he has a wonderfully supportive family, great friends and many well-wishes amongst the sporting public,” Thompson said. “Sadly, the news for Gav is not great.”

Thompson previously told listeners that the former cricketer had been feeling unwell with a variety of symptoms. They prompted him to seek medical help and within hours, he’d been diagnosed with a brain tumour and underwent surgery.

Robertson’s family shared an update on Facebook after the sporting legend came out of surgery last week.

“It’s time to get to u all and tell where dad is at. He’s had a brain Tumour removed on Monday and waiting a week to find out where he’s at with the cancer level and what happens from here [SIC],” a message on Facebook read, alongside a photograph of Robertson in a hospital bed.

“It’s all happened quickly but Dr Charlie Teo is his friend and he told him at 12 pm Monday to get to his surgery and he operated 5 hrs later. Dads had over 400 msgs but I’m just filling in the rest of our friends. Fingers crossed [SIC].”

Robertson’s family has now shared an update with Thompson.

“It’s bad news,” the presenter told listeners. “Robbo is facing a very long fight. I’m not going to speak specifically about it out of respect for him and his family.

“When one of the good guys is faced with a struggle like Gavin is, it’s absolutely heartbreaking and when I heard the news of his diagnosis last night, I was numb.”

Thompson said he respected Robertson enormously for years and added: “He’s in, unfortunately, for the fight of his life”.

“Gav, you are one of the absolute best and we’re all with you,” the presenter continued. “This is really sad and it’s moved me a lot. It’s made me reflect as well on this terrible infliction that is brain cancer.”

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Fans, friends and family members have sent their well-wishes to Robertson and his family.

One message on Facebook read: “My love and thoughts are with you all… have known Gav a long time and a true gentleman. He is a fighter… sending love and positive thoughts to you all xx.”

Another person said: “Sending lots of love and positive vibes.”

A third added: “So sorry to hear the news Robbo all the best to you and the family for a fast and full recovery.”

Robertson played for the New South Wales Blues in the ‘80s and was also known as a player in Tasmania. He was part of a Sheffield Shield-winning team and retired from the game in 2000.

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