Former SA Senator Nick Xenophon faces surgery for benign brain tumour


Former SA senator Nick Xenophon has revealed his recent brain tumor diagnosis as he prepares for major surgery later this year.

According to The Australian, Xenophon, 65, was diagnosed with a meningioma, a benign and non-cancerous tumour near his brain stem, which would require surgery if it grew further. 

“As I got off the phone (with the diagnosis) I received a call that my father had just died. A bit of a double whammy”, Xenophon said.

The SA Best leader, Nick Xenophon, proposed an extensive crackdown on pokies in the South Australian election campaign. Photograph: Russell Millard/AAP
The SA Best leader, Nick Xenophon, proposed an extensive crackdown on pokies in the South Australian election campaign in 2018. Photo: Russell Millard/AAP.

“A subsequent scan before Christmas showed the tumour largely stable but appeared to be growing slowly…I just have to get through it. It [surgery] has to be done.’’

Xenophon has been entirely focused on his legal practice since leaving politics in 2018 – Nick Xenophon & Co. Lawyers; since the diagnosis, he has moved his clients and staff to the Adelaide business, Lindbloms, where he will serve as a consultant.

The 2018 election marked Xenophon’s last bid in politics as he lost out to Liberal MP, Vincent Tarzia in the seat of Hartley.

Source: The Australian




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