What deputy PM’s cancer tells us about the impact of Agent Orange on war veterans

Professor Terry Slevin
Tim Fischer
Former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer.

Much-loved former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who died last week from leukaemia, has talked about the possible link between his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam and his various cancers.

Mr Fischer had reportedly been dealing with cancer for the past 10 years, starting with bladder cancer, then prostate cancer, two melanomas, and finally, a blood cancer called acute myeloid leukaemia.