Actor Tom Long is in the fight of his life -literally- after revealing to The Sunday Project he has been battling a type of blood cancer.
Long, best known for The Dish and Seachange, collapsed on stage in 2012 and has not performed since. After being treated for multiple myeloma, he was given just 2 -3 years to live.
With support from his family and doctors, he has applied chemotherapy, bone marrow transplants and natural therapies.
But in December he was given just 3 – 12 months to live. He told Lisa Wilkinson his doctor was putting him in a US trial.
“My chances elsewhere are not that good, so I don’t really have a choice,” he said.
“I’m very aware that I could be taken any time. But it’s the hope, I think. I go for hope.”
On Thursday Long heads to the US for 12 days of treatment that will harvest his T-cells, and “reboot” his immune system, in he hope it will attack the cancer.