18 February 2010 Edition

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Colette Adams has treatment for cancer

Republican activist Colette Adams, wife of Gerry Adams, was recently diagnosed with cancer. She made the following statement on Wednesday.
“A month ago the results of tests I had undertaken revealed I had cancer. It was a great shock but I was told by my doctor and consultant that my cancer was treatable and that I would very quickly be taken into hospital for an operation and to determine what further treatment I might require.
“Last week I had major surgery. Afterwards I was told by the consultant that he believed the operation to have been a success, although more tests will follow. The hospital staff was conscientious, kind, and very positive throughout my time there. I want to thank all of them for their compassion and care.
“I also want to thank my family doctor and the staff at his surgery. It was my doctor’s attention to my concerns that ensured the early detection of the cancer and the treatment I have just received. My family and friends who were aware of my condition were hugely supportive and I want to thank them for all the love and support they give me.
“I also want to thank all of the many other people who have in recent days been in contact and who have expressed their support and concern.
“This has been a difficult experience for me and those close to me. Cancer is a frightening disease. To be told you have it is a terrifying and emotional experience. It is impossible to describe. However I am very positive and determined to get well again.
“The crucial lesson from my experience is the importance of early detection. No matter what age you are there is an absolute need for men and women who have any concerns whatever about their health to seek early medical advice. Don’t be embarrassed or concerned about speaking to your doctor. He or she is your friend.  
“Speak to them without delay. Cancer is treatable and early detection can ensure a successful outcome.”

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