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Commentator Bruce McAvaney reveals cancer battle

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    Bruce McAvaney, an old school interviewer.

    Top Australian sports caller Bruce McAvaney has revealed he has cancer.

    The 64-year-old was diagnosed with leukaemia two years ago after an abnormal blood test.

    The illness was one of the reasons he did not call the Australian Open tennis this year for the first time since 1990.

    But McAvaney was quoted by News Corp Australia on Friday as saying he continues to lead a complete life.

    “It is quite strange to say I have leukaemia because I feel well,” he said.

    “Look, it could be very serious – it could jump out of the ground at any moment. I don’t expect it will.”

    The report said McAvaney has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia, or CLL.

    According to the Cancer Council website, CLL develops slowly and some people with the disease do not need any treatment.

    But McAvaney said last year’s busy schedule – AFL, the Rio Olympics and the spring racing carnival – had been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    Despite having a break from Australian Open – and McAvaney might not return – he is looking forward to calling another AFL season.

    “I can’t give up the football as it is 26 weeks of heaven,” he said.

    McAvaney also plans to be calling at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    On behalf of everyone at The Roar, get well soon Bruce!

    © AAP 2018

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      March 18th 2017 @ 5:34am
      Marty Gleason said | March 18th 2017 @ 5:34am | ! Report

      Bruce is like Richie Benaud and the cricket, after he retires the whole thing will descend into blokey chaos.

      • March 18th 2017 @ 10:25am
        Paul said | March 18th 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

        Agree with you Marty,
        I hope he can continue his call on the AFL for many more years, his statistics & knowledge of the game are mind boggling.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 1:26pm
      FrozenNorth said | March 18th 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

      Best caller in the world, unparalleled.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 3:56pm
      Melvin Pukely said | March 18th 2017 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

      All the best Bruce.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 4:56pm
      IAN NICHOLAS said | March 18th 2017 @ 4:56pm | ! Report

      Good luck Bruce. You are revered by your colleagues…. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    • March 18th 2017 @ 5:40pm
      peter chrisp said | March 18th 2017 @ 5:40pm | ! Report

      Hope he get’s back to be fighting fit we wish him 100% recovery

    • March 19th 2017 @ 2:04am
      dave said | March 19th 2017 @ 2:04am | ! Report

      If it gets out of hand we will get cyril rioli to visit him and all will be well.
      Bad taste joke but I seriously hope he continues for a long time and wish him all the best.

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