The Block's Josh and Luke Packham break down over their father's terminal cancer diagnosis


The Block’s Josh and Luke Packham struggled to find the right words on Sunday’s finale episode when they addressed their father Kevin’s terminal cancer diagnosis. 

In a piece to camera, Luke was understandably emotional as he revealed how their father – who suffers from mesothelioma that arises after exposure to asbestos – was one of the motivating factors for ‘getting them through’ the challenges of the show.

Josh then broke down in tears as he spoke about the life expectancy following a diagnosis that is around two to five years.   

Heartbreaking: The Block's Josh (pictured) and Luke Packham broke down and struggled to find the right words on Sunday's episode as they revealed their father's terminal cancer diagnosis - with the life expectancy 'two to five years max'

Heartbreaking: The Block’s Josh (pictured) and Luke Packham broke down and struggled to find the right words on Sunday’s episode as they revealed their father’s terminal cancer diagnosis – with the life expectancy ‘two to five years max’

‘One of our motivating factors and something that got us through is obviously with our dad. He hasn’t been well recently. The average life expectancy when you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma is about two years to max five,’ Luke said.

Footage then saw the twins playing boardgames with their mum and dad at home.

Struggling to find the right words, Josh broke down in tears as he revealed his father’s diagnosis is ‘hard to process’. 

Emotional: In a piece to camera, Luke (pictured) was understandably emotional as he revealed how their father - who suffers from mesothelioma that arises after exposure to asbestos - was one of the motivating factors for 'getting them through' the challenges of the show

Emotional: In a piece to camera, Luke (pictured) was understandably emotional as he revealed how their father – who suffers from mesothelioma that arises after exposure to asbestos – was one of the motivating factors for ‘getting them through’ the challenges of the show 

Breaking down in tears: 'It's hard to talk about sometimes. We don't really bring it up. We try to stay as positive as we can about it, but you don't like thinking about these situations... the way it can go. It is hard to process,' Josh said as he struggled to find the right words

Breaking down in tears: ‘It’s hard to talk about sometimes. We don’t really bring it up. We try to stay as positive as we can about it, but you don’t like thinking about these situations… the way it can go. It is hard to process,’ Josh said as he struggled to find the right words 

‘It’s hard to talk about sometimes. We don’t really bring it up. We try to stay as positive as we can about it, but you don’t like thinking about these situations… the way it can go. It is hard to process,’ he said.

Viewers at home were overcome with emotion, sharing their thoughts on Twitter.

‘Regardless of everything else, I do feel for the twins. They love their dad,’ one wrote.

Family: Footage then saw the twins playing boardgames with their mum and dad at home. Pictured is their father Kevin

Family: Footage then saw the twins playing boardgames with their mum and dad at home. Pictured is their father Kevin 

Another added: ‘Every time Josh and Luke talk about their dad. Truly can’t handle.’

One also said: ‘I am so happy for Josh & Luke!! Made their sick dad proud as punch. Well done boys!’ 

On an episode in September prior to their kitchen reveal, Luke said they wanted to make their time on the show ‘worth it’ as they’re ‘losing that bit of time’ with their father. 

Online: Viewers at home were overcome with emotion, sharing their thoughts on Twitter. 'Regardless of everything else, I do feel for the twins. They love their dad,' one wrote

Online: Viewers at home were overcome with emotion, sharing their thoughts on Twitter. ‘Regardless of everything else, I do feel for the twins. They love their dad,’ one wrote

Sad news: On an episode of The Block in September, Josh and Luke first revealed their father's terminal cancer diagnosis

Sad news: On an episode of The Block in September, Josh and Luke first revealed their father’s terminal cancer diagnosis

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, 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, 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' their parents, 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’ their parents, 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’

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.

Josh and Luke would no doubt have made their father proud, having placed second on auction day. 

The boys had a new reserve of $3.4million on auction day, down from $3.5million, and sold their property for $3,930,000 with a $530,000.00 profit. 

Placing second: Josh and Luke would no doubt have made their father proud, having placed second on auction day. The boys had a new reserve of $3.4million on auction day, down from $3.5million, and sold their property for $3,930,000 with a $530,000.00 profit

Placing second: Josh and Luke would no doubt have made their father proud, having placed second on auction day. The boys had a new reserve of $3.4million on auction day, down from $3.5million, and sold their property for $3,930,000 with a $530,000.00 profit

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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