Former news anchor Ian Ross diagnosed with cancer
73-year-old former newsman, Ian Ross, who led the evening news on the Nine and Seven networks for many years, has announced he has been diagnosed with cancer.
Ross, who has been with his partner Gray Bolte for 22-years, discovered his illness after a routine trip to the doctor led to the dreaded pronouncement that he had pancreatic cancer. The cancer is already at stage four, having metastasised to his liver. His oncologist has given him a prognosis of five months.
Despite the dismal diagnosis, Ross remains in good spirits and told PS, ''While I agree with the diagnosis, I do not necessarily agree with the prognosis…
''I have decided that the only way to handle this friggin' nightmare is to remain as positive about it as I possibly can and to get back to leading as 'normal' a life as possible. Right now I feel healthy and well, I have no symptoms … but I don't know how long that will last for.''
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Ross, affectionately known to TV viewers and industry insiders as ‘Roscoe’ relayed the news to PS from his Gold Coast home and said he was prepared for the fight of his life. Ross said he is getting plenty of support from family and friends including his ex-wife, children and grandchildren as well as his long-time partner, Gray Bolte.
Speaking to PS of his partner, Ross said:
''We really are the best of mates and always have been, we have rarely had an argument and we share common goals … we move in the same direction and enjoy a good laugh,''
Ross said currently nothing had changed in his routine, he was still going to the gym, meditating and doing the things he loved, but described the prognosis as an “emotional battering’'.
Still the former news Kingpin said “we are dealing with it really well … we being my partner Gray and family,''
Ross retired as news reader at Channel Seven in 2009. He was a 50 year veteran in the news business.