Getaway host Catriona Rowntree shares major cancer update: ‘Lots to look forward to and live for’

Catriona Rowntree has shared an important health update after her older sister was diagnosed with stage four cancer.

The Getaway host, 52, revealed on Sunday that her sister Lucinda was responding well to chemotherapy and her diagnosis was currently positive.

‘Lucinda is doing well. Very tired as she nears the end of her chemo, but the doctors are happy and results will be in this week,’ she told the Herald Sun.

She added her sister’s family life was going well which was helping keep her in good spirits.

‘Her daughter Katie just got engaged and her other daughter Georgia has been asked by Blue Illusion to be in a shoot with my mum celebrating three generations of women. 

Catriona Rowntree (pictured) has shared an important health update after her older sister was diagnosed with stage four cancer

‘Lots to look forward to… and live for.’ 

In April 2023, Catriona marked her sister’s birthday by sharing a bittersweet Facebook post about her sibling’s health struggles.

The TV presenter revealed Lucinda’s cancer was ‘apparently incurable’ and that a GoFundMe campaign had been launched to help pay for her living expenses.

Lucinda, a mother of four, was forced to quit her job as a schoolteacher in Sydney’s Upper North Shore after receiving the devastating diagnosis.

Catriona began her post with a tribute to ‘blonde beauty’ Lucinda, whom she described as a ‘true gem’ whose ‘smile and laugh warms everyone’s heart’.

The Channel Nine star also fondly recalled how Lucinda ‘never caused her parents an ounce of worry’ as a child, nor suffered any ‘boyfriend dramas’ as she married her childhood sweetheart Johnno.

The Getaway host, 52, revealed on Sunday that her sister Lucinda was responding well to chemotherapy and her diagnosis was currently positive

The Getaway host, 52, revealed on Sunday that her sister Lucinda was responding well to chemotherapy and her diagnosis was currently positive

Catriona said of Lucinda’s diagnosis: ‘I’m trying so hard to choose my words carefully here, other than to say a lot of tears have been shed – but Lucinda is fighting and positive. We all are.’

‘She has started chemo (sheer hell) and immunotherapy (our bright light) at Royal North Shore Hospital. Lucinda is now unable to work as she commits to the fight of her life. Her girlfriends have created a GoFundMe page to ease the household stress and I’ve asked her permission to share this with you,’ she added.

Catriona also revealed Lucinda is the ‘first to be placed on a new medical trial’ that may not save her life, but could help other cancer sufferers in the future.

Rowntree is the youngest of four siblings, including brother Andrew and sisters Lucinda and Marisa.

She added her sister's family life was going well which was helping keep her in good spirits. (Pictured is Catriona, second right, and Lucinda, front centre, with family members, including her mother Heather, front left)

She added her sister’s family life was going well which was helping keep her in good spirits. (Pictured is Catriona, second right, and Lucinda, front centre, with family members, including her mother Heather, front left) 

 

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