The former Seven News presenter, 73, had routine blood tests before Christmas which resulted in the news that he has pancreatic cancer which has spread to his liver.
But he has no symptoms and is choosing not to undergo chemotherapy, instead looking at alternative medicines.
Ross has spoken to the Sydney Morning Herald in the hope he can ”get on with it” in privacy.
”But while I agree with the diagnosis, I do not necessarily agree with the prognosis … they told me I have five months left to live.
”I have decided that the only way to handle this friggin’ nightmare is to remain as positive about it as I possibly can and to get back to leading as ‘normal’ a life as possible. Right now I feel healthy and well, I have no symptoms … but I don’t know how long that will last for.”
‘Roscoe’ is supported in his battle by his three adult children, eight grand children, his ex-wife, and his partner of 22 years, Gray Bolte.
”I know it is very, very difficult to treat and it is terminal … but I refuse to believe that I only have five months left. I have decided not to have treatment as chemotherapy might only give me a few more months, and only then if it was successful. I don’t want to spend whatever time I have left lying in a bed going through chemo, I’d rather take an earlier exit if I have to … the key to this is taking it one day at a time and we are looking at alternative therapies.”
Ross retired from television in 2009 after a media career that began in 1957.