More than 430 people attended a public meeting on prostate cancer last Thursday night at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.
One of the key speakers was GAA manager Jim McGuinness, who said that his family had personal experience of dealing the illness. He spoke about cultivating confidence and the importance believing that symptoms can be dealt with. He also encouraged men to go and get checked if they have a concern.
One of the event organisers, Liz McGonigal of the Irish Cancer Society, was delighted with the turnout. “It was a great night and it’s a reflection on how proactive people here up in Donegal regarding these issues, more so than in other parts of the country.”
She said there was a lot to encourage men who are worried about prostate cancer to come forward. “Over 20 years that Letterkenny General Hospital has treated prostate cancer, the norm has shifted from late diagnosis and palliative care to the current situation of earlier diagnosis and effective treatment/cure. The picture is improving and LGH is becoming a rapid access prostate cancer clinic which will reduce the need for patients to travel to Galway. Their scans and radiation can now be carried out at LGH.”
Other speakers at the event included: John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society, Kevin Moran, consultant urologist and general surgeon at LGH; Dr Paul Stewart; Eamonn Rogers, consultant urologist, UCHG; Dr Osama Salib, consultant radiation oncologist, St.Luke’s; and Sean Diver, urology nurse specialist at LGH.