Former SA Senator Nick Xenophon faces surgery for benign brain tumour

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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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