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Kate Langbroek gives an update on her son Lewis’ battle with leukaemia

Kate Langbroek gives heartbreaking update on 18-year-old son Lewis’ leukemia battle: ‘They thought you might not make it’

TV and radio host Kate Langbroek has provided an update on her son Lewis’ battle with cancer.

Lewis, 18, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was just six years old and continues to be monitored regularly at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne after years of treatment.

Talk about The pick-up at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Kate, 56, recounted a conversation she had last year with a nurse who, at one point during Lewis’ treatment, was concerned that he “may not make it.”

TV and radio host Kate Langbroek has provided an update on her son Lewis' battle with cancer

TV and radio host Kate Langbroek has provided an update on her son Lewis’ battle with cancer

The nurse approached Kate and Lewis at the hospital cafe because she recognized the teen from a previous visit to the hospital when he was ‘very ill’.

The KIIS FM presenter recalled the woman who said, “I took care of you when you were little and you were really sick. We didn’t want to tell you this at the time, but we were so worried about you. We were afraid you wouldn’t make it.’

Kate continued: ‘[The nurse] had tears in her eyes. I had tears in my eyes. And Lewis stands there like a big doofus.’

During The 3pm Pick-Up on Thursday, Kate, 56, recounted a conversation she had last year with a nurse who, at one point during Lewis' treatment, was concerned that he 'may not make it'.  (Kate and son Lewis can be seen here with her husband Peter Allen Lewis)

During The 3pm Pick-Up on Thursday, Kate, 56, recounted a conversation she had last year with a nurse who, at one point during Lewis’ treatment, was concerned that he ‘may not make it’. (Kate and son Lewis can be seen here with her husband Peter Allen Lewis)

Kate also said on The 3pm Pick-Up that Lewis got some good news from his doctors during his last checkup on Monday.

She revealed that the doctor had told them, “This is the last time we’ll see you in this hospital because Lewis is moving into an adult hospital.”

She continued, “I thought, ‘Oh my god, there were so many times when we thought maybe this day wouldn’t come.’

“You’re confronted with what the course of his illness was like, and there were times when we thought, ‘I don’t see how we can get through this.'”

The nurse approached Kate and Lewis at the hospital cafe, as she recognized the teen from a previous hospital visit when he was 'very ill'

The nurse approached Kate and Lewis at the hospital cafe, as she recognized the teen from a previous hospital visit when he was ‘very ill’

She concluded, “And there we were—discharged by the beautiful doctors and sent off!”

Kate spoke about her son’s battle with cancer on The Project last year during a discussion about a three-year-old boy from Melbourne who had stage 4 neuroblastoma.

Co-host Carrie Bickmore reached out for Kate’s hand during the exchange, both women clinging to each other and fighting back tears.

The KIIS FM presenter recalled the nurse saying,

The KIIS FM presenter recalled the nurse saying, “I took care of you when you were little and you were really sick. We didn’t want to tell you this at the time, but we were so worried about you”

Kate spoke about her son's battle with cancer on The Project last year during a discussion about a three-year-old boy from Melbourne who had stage 4 neuroblastoma.  (Left: Carrie Bickmore)

Kate spoke about her son’s battle with cancer on The Project last year during a discussion about a three-year-old boy from Melbourne who had stage 4 neuroblastoma. (Left: Carrie Bickmore)

“Cancer in children is particularly difficult. My son is diagnosed [leukaemia] – remember, Carrie – and I remember when we were first in the hospital, and I saw the other little bald kids, all I saw was the baldness,’ Kate said.

“And when we had spent time there and my own son was bald, I learned to see the child and once you see the child, you do everything you can to help the child. It’s very powerful.’

Lewis had leukemia for three and a half years before making a full recovery in 2013. He now goes for annual checkups.

Lewis had leukemia for three and a half years before making a full recovery in 2013.  He now goes for annual checkups

Lewis had leukemia for three and a half years before making a full recovery in 2013. He now goes for annual checkups

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