Beeliar resident and cancer survivor takes on ride

Beeliar resident David Stanfield hasn’t let two separate bouts of cancer slow him down and is taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d444315
Beeliar resident David Stanfield hasn’t let two separate bouts of cancer slow him down and is taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d444315

CHATTING to David Stanfield, you get the impression he would be able to take most things in his stride.

The Beeliar resident has overcome two separate bouts of cancer – bowel cancer in 2011 and liver cancer in 2012 – but says his main concern was the worry his situation was causing family and friends.

“It’s funny as neither seemed to be a major shock, just very disappointing,” he said.

“The first cancer was bowel cancer and the operation occurred two days after diagnosis, so there was really no time to dwell or worry.”

It took about six weeks before he was “up and running again”.

Twelve months later Mr Stanfield (55) was diagnosed with liver cancer, which meant six months of chemotherapy

“The medical staff were wonderful and understanding of each patient’s needs,” he said.

“This process did seem a bit daunting beforehand, but after a while it was just another thing that had to be done.”

Mr Stanfield’s last treatment was three years ago.

He still has regular checks but says his long-term outlook is very positive and “life is to be lived to the full”.

His experience has encouraged him to take part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer, a two day, 200km cycling event benefiting the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

“I want to raise awareness of the research, to de-mystify cancer treatment and show that it doesn’t mean there is no hope.”