Popular television renovation star and The Living Room host Barry Du Bois has announced his cancer has returned with multiple tumours growing in his body.
Du Bois made the emotional revelation on Friday night’s episode of the hit lifestyle show, saying it was a “tough gig”.
“It seems that my cancer has come back, reasonably aggressively now I have what is regarded as multiple myeloma,” he said.
“We’ve got a cancer in my body that has created several tumours right through my body.
“Now I see an upside to that, this is just another fight for me that I am quite comfortable I am going to win.”
He revealed he’s already started treatment and would be undergoing stem cell and bone marrow procedures as part of his aggressive recovery program.
“I’ve had two cycles of chemo now and all being well, touching wood, at the end of my third cycle what I’m going to do is a stem cell and bone marrow retrieval and prepare for a transplant,” he said.
“At Christmas time when we are on holidays I am going to be in an isolation ward with the great people at St Vincent’s Hospital under the care of some amazing people and I’m going to have a very strong dose of medicine.”
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as he spoke to the audience, with co-hosts Amanda Keller, vet Dr Chris Brown and chef Miguel Maestre all comforting the builder.
“It’s going to be a tough gig and what’s given me strength … is I know how much support I have from you guys and how much support we get as a show and as a TV family,” he said.
“Everything I have ever done in my life I have backed myself 100 per cent. I am not only going to back myself I am going to go into this with the support of the most amazing people I know and friends and family that love me that I don’t even know. I am going to hopefully not only beat what I’ve got but I am going to inspire some others to win their wars as well.”
News Corp reports that when Du Bois was first diagnosed with plasmacytoma myeloma six years ago, which attacks healthy bone marrow, the huge tumour at the base of his skull had “basically eaten the top of [his] spine”.
Doctors installed a titanium spine to replace the damage that had been caused and Du Bois has since relied on radiation therapy and different medications to stop the cancer from returning.
The popular builder is a father to twins Arabella and Bennett. He wrote on Facebook that his diagnosis had come as a shock to his family, but that he was prepared to fight the cancer battle once again.