Kellie Finlayson reveals she could be cancer-free in three months after doctors ‘restaged’ their terminally ill prognosis…and the wife of Port Adelaide star admits her own specialist could not believe the news
The wife of Port Adelaide star Jeremy Finlayson has revealed she could be cancer-free in three months.
Kellie Finlayson has been battling stage four bowel and lung cancer after the former emerged in November 2021 following the birth of her first child, Sophia.
Finlayson was told her cancer was terminal, but her doctors have since ‘restaged’ her prognosis.
The development has been so unexpected that the 27-year-old revealed even her oncologist struggled to believe it.
‘After all the chemotherapy I had, they did a CAT scan […] all the scans and they came back with no activity,’ she told The Adelaide Advertiser.
Kellie Finlayson (right), the wife of Port Adelaide star Jeremy (left) has revealed she could be cancer free in three months after battling the disease for over two years
Kellie was diagnosed with stage four bowel and lung cancer in November 2021
‘Obviously with the prognosis that I had, we didn’t think that would happen. My oncologist rang me […] he’s like: “This is crazy” […] he was shocked – I’m really lucky.’
Finlayson, who married the Port tall in a surprise ceremony in March, said doctors believe the cancer is now small enough that it could be killed off by chemotherapy.
She explained she will have to undergo a few more rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and could then be given the all clear.
‘In three months time, I could technically be cancer-free again,’ she said.
‘I don’t have that [cancer] hanging over me really – I don’t really think I did from the start.’
Kellie started suffering from abdominal pain and constipation just three months after giving birth to Sophia in August 2021, but initially dismissed the symptoms as post-partum problems.
She was then diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer and after the first rounds of treatment she was subsequently told the cancer had spread to her lungs.
However, while her cancer was considered terminal, she was never given a detailed time frame of the course the illness may take.
The Port Adelaide star and Kellie got married in a surprise ceremony in Adelaide in March
Kellie was first diagnosed with cancer three months after giving birth to Sophia in 2021
Jeremy fought back tears as he paid a touching tribute to his ill wife after helping Port Adelaide to victory over Sydney last month.
Finlayson kicked three goals as the Power edged the Swans 66-64 and then spoke emotionally of her brave battle against cancer.
‘I hope she’s watching. I love her so much,’ he said on Channel 7.
‘This is just a reward of sticking tough and doing it for Kell and Soph back home. I’m happy to be out here playing footy and doing what I love.’
Finlayson fought back tears as he paid tribute to his ill wife in an interview with Channel Seven after kicking three goals in Port’s 66-64 win over Sydney last month
Port coach Ken Hinkley sang the praises of the ruckman after the game and revealed the role the club had played in supporting him and Kellie throughout her ordeal.
‘He’s got a really tight, really incredibly close family, and he’s got a really close family at our footy club as well,’ Hinkley said.
‘His family and our family join together, and we support their family and he supports us, and that’s how you get through.
‘That’s why footy clubs are great environments when things are not going your way.’