Annabelle and Ben Peacock play with children Lucinda (7) and Juliet (4).
Annabelle and Ben Peacock play with children Lucinda (7) and Juliet (4). Richard Dobson, News Corp Australia

Miracle daughters for dad who fought testicular cancer

LUCINDA and Juliet Peacock are the miracle daughters their dad Ben feared he would never have.

In the grips of battling testicular cancer 11 years ago Mr Peacock had to let doctors do all they could to save his life - even though it put his fertility in major jeopardy.

"My wife and I were thinking about starting a family and suddenly to have testicular cancer and the potential to not have children - it's a hand grenade into your life," he said.

Doctors are very good at considering these things but at same time your survival is put first."

Mr Peacock, 44, endured the harshest treatment possible to rid his body of cancer.

During surgery, he was cut open from ribs to pelvis so lymph nodes near his back could be removed, while another procedure removed lymph nodes next to a "holding sack" for his sperm.

Both put his chances of having children at risk.

"And chemotherapy knocks out all your sperm cells and leaves you infertile and there was the chance that it would never come back," he said.

Mr Peacock was fortunate to avoid permanent effects on his fertility and welcomed daughters Lucinda, 7, and Juliet, 4, with wife Annabelle.

He credits his fitness at the time of diagnosis for aiding his recovery.

"If you're fit and healthy when you go into treatment it gives you a better chance of handling the treatment and coming out of it. They can hit the cancer harder and give you the biggest treatment to get rid of it," he said.

He is fundraising for Cancer Council NSW's March Charge, a month-long walking or running challenging.

The initiative will raise money for lifesaving research and reduce people's cancer risk with one third of cancer's preventable through lifestyle changes, such as physical activity.

Cancer Council NSW says three-quarters of people are unaware that being physically inactive increases cancer risk while only 40 per cent of people in the state know that being overweight is a cancer risk factor.

News Corp Australia


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