“I’ve had so many operations and procedures, totalling over $366,000.” 
-    Bradley Scott, retired Detective Brevet Sergeant  

“No one wants to hear these words: You’ve got cancer. We all handle our diagnoses and pain differently. I believe worrying only postpones our recovery. This worldview served me well in my 34-year career in the police force as a SAPOL Detective Brevet Sergeant at Sturt and Adelaide Criminal Investigation Branches.” 

“My health issues started around the time my police career did. When I was in my 30s, I was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which is hereditary. It’s a genetic condition that affects the heart, eyes, blood vessels, and bones. It became a problem years later.” 

More battles, more procedures

“When I was 47, the wall of a blood vessel below my kidney dissected and I had major surgery. Two years later, I had a hernia repair. When I was 55, I underwent open-heart surgery to fix a valve that was enlarged due to Marfans.” 

“When I turned 60, I was told I had cancer. I was diagnosed with a blocked bile duct, caused by the cancer. I had a Whipple procedure – a pancreaticoduodenectomy – to remove the head of the pancreas. After a successful operation, I suffered a catastrophic bleed and they had to completely remove my pancreas and spleen. As a result, I became diabetic.” 

“My case was written about in the Pancreas Journal 2022, citing the complexities of managing pancreatic adenocarcinoma in Marfan syndrome.” 

Continuing to fight and helping others

“The management of this condition isn’t well-documented and it was an honour to be able to support future patient care by being a part of this journal. Further case studies are crucial to determine the impact of pancreatic resection in Marfan syndrome.” 

“I did have a recent setback with my health, after falling and being rushed to hospital. An endoscopic exam of my stomach discovered a bleed, which was the reason for the collapse. Thankfully, no surgery was required, and I was able to return home about a week later.” 

“I’m extremely grateful that I’ve had the support of Police Health through this entire journey. Every year, I do the Wall to Wall motorcycle ride in honour of fallen colleagues. I remain closely connected to the police community.”