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Mark Allen battling cancer

Mark Allen
Mark Allen playing in Australia in 2003. Image: Getty

The golf world is moving to support touring professional and popular media person Mark Allen, who has revealed he is battling stage four cancer.

Allen, 50, learned late last year that he had a significant tumour in the bowel and a secondary cancer in the chest.

He told the Herald Sun at the weekend that he had needed surgery to remove 18 percent of a lung, and this week confronts more surgery to take out 70 percent of his bowel.

A radio host with the Macquarie network, father-of-two Allen had previously chosen to keep his condition private, and has continued to work in radio.

“There is no doubt when I got the news I was stage four,’’ Allen said. “In some of that alone time you are in the car and start thinking the worst. All your life all you want to do is look after (wife) Trish and the kids. You are driving along and thinking about funeral songs. What song will they play at my funeral?

“But that disappeared pretty quickly. Let’s put some good music on and now I am singing in the car again. I have got some superstar doctors and I trust in them.’’

Allen played on the Australasian tour for 14 years before moving into coaching and media, becoming a popular after-dinner speaker and host.

He now faces three more months of radiology and chemotherapy beyond this week’s surgery. “At the moment it’s a really good story and we have ticked every box and we just have to get through the second half of it,” he said.


Posted by david newton at
06/08/2019 03:15 PM
Mark, met You many years ago at the Jack Newton event at Twin Waters and walked around with You for two rounds. You were a pleasure to be with and I still have the course distance book that You gave me .get well
Posted by peter doyle at
13/07/2019 10:37 AM
hi MARK , met you once and you gave me a minute of your time whilst doing a live broadcast . i just wanted to meet you and ox . someone famous i thought , you both just said hi hows your golf , thanks for supporting there show and they appreciated someone who took time out of there life to say hi . it made me feel great and warm and when i reminisce , i feel the same , you and your wife deserve to know you are loved . happy Collingwood day ha ha
Posted by Con Stergiotis at
09/07/2019 11:48 AM
Hi Mark Watched Open Mike and was speechless for the rest of the night. I know you will never give up. All the best to you and family
Posted by Tom at
03/07/2019 04:30 PM
Mark. I have come through after two years of prostate cancer thanks to wonderful medicos and staff at Sir Charles Gairdner Perth. I have no doubt you will beat the Big C. My prayers are with you and your family. Cheers Tom
Posted by mick in reservoir at
01/07/2019 07:44 PM
all best marko love supporting you and ox have so from day dot
Posted by Helen at
24/06/2019 01:05 PM
Here's to a strong recovery- love listening to you on macquarie sports... love the humour & banter.. take care & all the best
Posted by tony walker at
23/06/2019 08:44 PM
mark as a youngster in dingley to your dad in his clothing store to your great sen stint with ox you are still the direct upfront guy who can overcome this situation like you supported jarrod lyle & his loved ones keep your head up as there are plenty of great memories ahead love you sandhurst members & your many admirers,
Posted by Frank G at
22/06/2019 02:14 AM
You can do it Mark. Goode luck
Posted by Paul Daley at
13/06/2019 08:53 AM
Marko: We are very upset about your news. We are equally awed by the amazing way you are facing up to this battle. Stay strong old-timer, and keep going with the positive stream of thoughts. At 50 years you have put in a big front-nine, so all the best for a big back-nine.
Posted by Raymond Capkin at
02/06/2019 11:39 PM
Hey Mark,just channel surfing and came across Open Mike.Knew you years ago through Richard Cooney and have loved your work in the media.You tricked me years ago on the radio pretending to be Seve,I still laugh at that.Mate just get well please,warm regards Ray Capkin
Posted by All the best Marko at
02/06/2019 08:43 PM
Have always your no punches commentary on the game so I expect to adopt the same clinical response to Cancer. When rehabilitated how about taking a stab at the seniors proper.i wasnt convinced you showed all your latent talent. Although as a hack I may be out of line. Notwithstanding hang tough. Senior Fowler and Diaz would enjoy the competition.
Posted by Richard Rimmer at
29/05/2019 01:46 AM
Hi Mark I had anal cancer went through chemo and radiation along with an operation. I was left with a permanent colostomy bag. That was 6years ago and not had a problem since, as soon as I got the go ahead to swing a club I hit the golf course. It is traumatic but with a positive attitude you will come through this.
Posted by Robert Durso at
28/05/2019 09:18 PM
Hi Mark, It's Humphreys old golf mate.I just saw open Mike and never new. Long time since we met. Good to see you are on the mend. Wishing you well and long life ahead (keep your eye on the ball..oops you told me that at one point). You are probably one of the most fun and joyous people I ever had beer and played golf with. I'm on the Goldie these days, let me know if you pop up here to warm up, would love to catch up. Cheers Yoda:)
Posted by Spokesy at
28/05/2019 01:31 PM
Great memories of our days at SEN. Champ if you can survive that you survive anything. Ha ha. Spokesy.
Posted by Justin O'Toole at
22/05/2019 09:32 PM
As an avid golfer who gets lessons at the Albert Park Golf Academy. I wish you all the best. Just believe there is nothing wrong with you and that you are perfectly well. Stay strong very strong never accept defeat or give up. The golfing community is right behind you all the way.
Posted by Norm and Merle Wood at
22/05/2019 05:22 PM
All the best for your treatments Mark and thanks for all the chats at Albert Park .
Posted by Scott McCallum at
20/05/2019 06:27 PM
Looking forward to catching up at the footy and having a beer with you Marko, take care mate, love to you and your family
Posted by Peter Bellion at
20/05/2019 11:32 AM
When in town for treatment Mark happy to catch up for a brew, stay strong 4 ball buddy, have had bowel & prostrate issues but all good currently. Regards Peter
Posted by Paul Martin at
18/05/2019 11:12 AM
Mark, I have never met you as a adult but feel I know you because I worked with your Dad at H J Heinz many years ago and have followed your golf and radio career with interest.....My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I am sure a healthy, strong-minded person like you will beat this.....Stay focused, Paul
Posted by Philip Price at
16/05/2019 06:12 PM
Mark,you are a great man and love to listen to you an OX,l wish you all the very best mate and see back on air soon cracking jokes
Posted by Chris Birchall at
03/05/2019 08:32 PM
Hi Marko, I've been through Rectal Cancer which had also spread to my Liver. Not sure what stage that is, but it led to 3 major surgeries, radiation and chemo therapies. I'm now sitting here whingeing that the rain is going to stuff up my golf game tomorrow at Yering Meadows. It is thanks to some awesome surgeons and support staff that i find myself in this position today. My ordeal occurred around 10 years ago - yours is about to begin. I swear to you that you will again stride the fairways, kiss your wife, hug your children - the medical advances in this field never stop, and the highly effective treatments I was subjected to some 10 years ago will have been greatly refined. Your life will never be the same, but you will be alive mate. I can only wish you all the best Mark - may the force be with you! Cheers, Chris
Posted by Alan Sweeney at
02/05/2019 03:44 PM
Mark, hang in there I have survived cancer, have faith in the professionals and stay positive. All the best Alan Sweeney ex Huntingdale member.
Posted by Ian Carragher at
01/05/2019 10:00 PM
Best of luck with your battle. Six years ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer of the bowel. After surgery to remove 40 cm of my bowel and a difficult time with chemo, I emerged through the other side and got my 5 year clearance last year. Having a good support network and a positive attitude is the key. Best of luck mate. You've got this covered.
Posted by DAVID CRICK at
01/05/2019 08:36 PM
Mate. Chin up and kick this in the guts. Strong to hold it back from the people but we are stronger behind you. Look forward to you back on arvos. Kick its arse. Best to family. Dave C.
Posted by Ivan and Leonie Robson at
30/04/2019 04:33 PM
Wishing and praying for your recovery, strength and courage to you and your beautiful family. Soar on an Eagle mate... Pun intended.
Posted by Peter at
29/04/2019 10:47 PM
Good luck champ
Posted by Bob at
29/04/2019 11:37 AM
Mark "Never give up" I had the big "C" in the salivary gland , after 30 radiotherapy sessions and a complete trust in the doctors its "done" I'm good, whilst your case appears as more complex the "never give up" theory worked for me and I certainly hope it does for you..Cheers and keep swinging those clubs.
Posted by Don Stevenson at
29/04/2019 11:24 AM
Hi Mark, we haven't met but this just to wish you all the best for your up coming treatments etc. Cheers, Don.

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