Londonderry MP Prue Car has revealed she’s been diagnosed with kidney cancer.
The Deputy Labor Leader will take leave over the coming weeks to receive treatment.
“Following recent tests, I was found to have a large tumour on my kidney,” Ms Car said this morning.
“It would be no surprise to you all that this has come as quite a shock.
“I have informed the NSW Labor Leader, Chris Minns, that I will be taking some leave over the coming weeks for cancer treatment.
“I am deeply grateful to have access to the world class health care we are so lucky to have in Australia as I receive treatment. I would like to acknowledge our hard working, compassionate, skilled but overworked doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who are guiding me through this process.”
Over 4,300 Australian women and men are diagnosed with kidney cancer each year.
“Early detection is key in the treatment of any cancer. I encourage anyone concerned about their risk or experiencing worrying symptoms to contact their doctor,” Ms Car said.
“I look forward to being back out and about soon fighting for our community, contesting the 2023 NSW State Election as the Labor candidate for Londonderry and, as Deputy Labor Leader, working hard to elect a Chris Minns Labor Government.
“I am buoyed by such loving support from my incredible family, friends, colleagues and my beloved local community – thank you for your support.”
Ms Car’s Londonderry electorate office remains open for any community issues that need to be brought to her attention.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Breaking News Reporter. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations. In 2023, he was named Editor of the Year at the Mumbrella Publish Awards.