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Personalities to speak of cancer experiences

Friday, 21st March, 2014 1:01pm

Personalities to speak of cancer experiences

Prof Bryan Hennessy.

People living with cancer in Meath and their families are invited to attend a unique public information day at the City North Hotel, Gormanston, on 5th April.

The Living With Cancer Day has been organised by the North East Cancer Research and Education Trust (NECRET) and will feature Irish celebrities talking about their cancer experiences as well as presentations from experts in the field.

“People will have the opportunity to hear from leading specialists about the latest advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment and talk directly to them about their concerns,” said organiser Karen Healy of NECRET.

“Well-known personalities including comedian Anne Gildea, a former Nuala and author of I’ve Got Cancer What’s Your Excuse?, Glenroe actress Kate Thompson, Drogheda United footballer Gary O’Neill, award-winning Irish Times journalist Kathy Sheridan and Cathy McCarthy, author of the book Not The Year You Had Planned, will share their experiences of living with cancer."

International expert Professor Bryan Hennessy, Consultant Oncologist at Beaumont and Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitals will host the event along with a panel of cancer specialists who will focus on the most common type of cancers.

“This will be an inspirational day where people can discover new ways to be cancer pro-active,” said Prof Hennessy.

“Those attending will have the chance to talk to, listen and learn from for our top cancer specialists in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

“The specialists will provide an overview of what patients should know about cancer and its treatment and they will be available to answer patient’s questions about their treatment or concerns.

“We will also have lots of helpful tips on diet, exercise, fashion and wigs plus a chance for people to sample free therapeutic treatments such as massage and reflexology, as well as advice and information on the services available from the Irish Cancer Society and the Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre.”

NECRET aims to foster and facilitate high-quality, internationally recognised cancer research in Ireland.

The Living With Cancer Day runs from 2pm to 6pm at the City North Hotel, Gormanston, Co Meath. Tickets are €15.

All funds raised at the event go to NECRET and the north east oncology unit who engage and contribute to much needed clinical research so as to be in a position to offer bespoke treatments for cancer patients which improves the prospect of cancer elimination along with saving lives.

Admission is by ticket only and tickets are available from the north east oncology unit 086 7773294, Drogheda Lions Club 085 7213212, Gary Kelly Cancer Support Centre  041 9805100, City North Hotel and the Holistic Kiosk at Scotch Hall Shopping Centre, Drogheda.

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