Research relies on donations

Dr Edward Brentnall Dr Edward Brentnall and his wife Hazel have supported Cancer Council Victoria as regular givers for nearly half a century.

A career in medicine and a personal experience with melanoma stressed the importance of cancer research for Dr Brentnall.

"In April 2005 I had a basal cell carcinoma on my forehead. My dermatologist removed it and then told me, ‘Bad news, it's a melanoma.'"

Treatment followed and then a much needed holiday, but on his return, Dr Brentnall noticed a secondary melanoma.

"I had four weeks of radiotherapy, with a mesh mask over my face so I didn't move. I went five times a week for four weeks."

Due to the treatment Dr Brentnall made a complete recovery and continues to support Cancer Council Victoria.

"In the early 1950s, when I had first qualified as a General Practitioner, chemotherapy was just starting. What I think a lot of people don't realise is the huge improvement in treatment in the last 40 years. We're making progress because of research and that relies on donations. The more the better!

The Brentnall family donate monthly and have included Cancer Council in their will. If you would like to support Cancer Council Victoria by becoming a regular giver or bequestor, please call 1300 656 585.

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Updated: 02 Nov, 2016