The Block’s Josh and Luke get emotional as they reveal their father Kevin has terminal cancer


The Block’s Josh and Luke Packham get emotional as they reveal their father Kevin has a rare form of terminal cancer with the life expectancy around ‘two to five years’


The Block twins Josh and Luke Packham got understandably emotional on Sunday’s episode when they revealed their father Kevin is suffering from a rare form of cancer.

In a piece to camera, Luke said their father has mesothelioma – a terminal cancer that arises after exposure to asbestos – with the life expectancy ‘around two to five years’.

Showing their parents around the space prior to their kitchen reveal on Sunday, Luke said they want to make their time on the show ‘worth it’ as they’re ‘losing that bit of time’ with their father.  

Sad news: The Block’s Josh and Luke Packham (both pictured) got emotional on Sunday’s episode as they revealed their father Kevin has a rare form of terminal cancer with his life expectancy around ‘two to five years’

Prior to their parents’ arrival on the show, Josh said in a piece to camera how they ‘always look to impress’ them.   

‘This is the biggest thing we’ve ever done in our lives and we’d love nothing more for them to really enjoy every room and space we’ve been building together. So that would be massive for us to gain their approval and for them to be proud,’ he said.  

Josh revealed how their parents are ‘very honest’ and if they found fault in the design or styling, they would ‘have to think about having major change’.   

Close family: Showing their parents (pictured) around the space prior to their kitchen reveal on Sunday, Luke said they want to make their time on the show 'worth it' as they're 'losing that bit of time' with their father

Close family: Showing their parents (pictured) around the space prior to their kitchen reveal on Sunday, Luke said they want to make their time on the show ‘worth it’ as they’re ‘losing that bit of time’ with their father 

Luke went on to explain just how much they want to succeed on The Block, particularly when they’re spending precious time away from their sick father.

‘Dad’s got mesothelioma. It’s one of those cancers that you can never recover from. It will always re-grow. The average life expectancy when you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma is about two years to max five.

‘So us going away, we’re losing that bit of time with our father. So we want to make it worth it,’ he said.

According to the Cancer Council, Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that arises after exposure to asbestos, and can take ‘between 20 and 60 years’ for the condition to develop.

Heartfelt: Josh revealed in a piece to camera how they 'always look to impress' them, saying: 'This is the biggest thing we've ever done in our lives and we'd love nothing more for them to really enjoy every room and space we've been building together'

Heartfelt: Josh revealed in a piece to camera how they ‘always look to impress’ them, saying: ‘This is the biggest thing we’ve ever done in our lives and we’d love nothing more for them to really enjoy every room and space we’ve been building together’

Diagnosis: 'Dad's got mesothelioma,' Luke revealed. 'It's one of those cancers that you can never recover from. It will always re-grow. The average life expectancy when you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma is about two years to max five'

Diagnosis: ‘Dad’s got mesothelioma,’ Luke revealed. ‘It’s one of those cancers that you can never recover from. It will always re-grow. The average life expectancy when you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma is about two years to max five’ 

It usually affects the lungs, but can also affect the stomach, heart and other organs.

Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of appetite or weight loss, excessive sweating, a persistent cough and low energy. 

It’s estimated 868 new cases of mesothelioma will be diagnosed in Australia in 2021. 

Kevin was blown away by their job so far on The Block, saying in a piece to camera: ‘People will go in there and it’s going to be a very emotive purchase. I’m very proud of them. Really. I’m amazed.’  

The Block continues Monday at 7.30pm on Channel Nine 

Proud father: Kevin was blown away by their job so far on The Block, saying in a piece to camera: 'People will go in there and it's going to be a very emotive purchase. I'm very proud of them. Really. I'm amazed'

Proud father: Kevin was blown away by their job so far on The Block, saying in a piece to camera: ‘People will go in there and it’s going to be a very emotive purchase. I’m very proud of them. Really. I’m amazed’ 

What is Mesothelioma? 

* A rare type of cancer that arises after exposure to asbestos

* It can take ‘between 20 and 60 years’ for mesothelioma to develop after being exposed to asbestos

* It usually affects the lungs, but can also affect the stomach, heart and other organs

* Symptoms can include shortness of breath, chest pain, loss of appetite or weight loss, excessive sweating, a persistent cough and low energy

* It’s estimated 868 new cases of mesothelioma will be diagnosed in Australia in 2021

* The five year survival rate for mesothelioma in Australia is approximately 6.30 per cent

Source: Cancer Council  

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