Father Ted star Brendan Grace is suffering from lung cancer. The 68-year-old actor and comedian, who played Father Fintan Stack in the classic comedy, received the diagnosis while being treated for pneumonia, his representatives confirmed. The Irish star has been forced to cancel his summer tour as a result. “Brendan Grace has been in hospital for the last four weeks receiving treatment for pneumonia,” his spokesperson told the Irish Daily Mirror. “It has now transpired that he is also suffering from cancer for which he is receiving ongoing care and treatment. “His family are a great support to him at this difficult time and respect for their privacy would be much appreciated. His current July / August Irish tour has been cancelled.” They added: “Brendan is still in hospital and will be remaining there for ongoing treatment. He is hospitalised in Ireland.” Grace is usually based in the United States with wife Eileen, but regularly tours … [Read more...] about Father Ted star Brendan Grace reveals he has lung cancer
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The Marie Keating Foundation recently launched new research entitled 'Time, Toughness & Treatment - Understanding the Experiences of People Living with Lung Cancer', which aims to highlight the experiences of Irish lung cancer patients, and the difficulties, obstacles and prejudices they face. Jessica Grehan was diagnosed with the condition in 2016 and says what she initially thought was a pulled muscle, turned out to be the beginning of a very arduous cancer battle. "I started suffering with pain my shoulder and jaw at the end of 2015," she says. "It carried on for a while and I went to see various people, including a physiotherapist, as I thought at first that I had pulled a muscle. I also went to see a cardiologist and had some dry needling done, but nothing seemed to make a difference. "My physio suggested that I should get it checked out further and I was planning to. But one day, I coughed up a speck of blood, so immediately made an appointment with the GP, who referred me … [Read more...] about ‘I was shocked when they said it was lung cancer’
News / Dundee by Lindsey Hamilton May 27, 2019, 6:14 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The heartbroken family of Alan Cooper, who has died after a two and a half year battle with cancer, have said the world is going to be a much duller place without him. Alan, 44, from Broughty Ferry, died in Ninewells Hospital on Wednesday surrounded by his loving partner Craig Douris, 45, and family members. His twin brother Michael said Alan was the most loving and caring man anyone could meet. He said: “I don’t know anyone who had a bad word to say about Alan. “The world is going to be a much duller place without him. He loved a party.” Craig explained that Alan, who worked at the travel agent TUI in the Ferry until recently, was diagnosed with lung cancer in December 2016. The following February he had two-thirds of his lung removed in an operation at a hospital in Edinburgh. “After that he picked up considerably and we had a … [Read more...] about Tributes to popular Dundee man Alan, 44, who died of lung cancer
IT CAN START with something as trivial as a small cough that will not go away. But often lung cancers cause no symptoms at all until it is too late. Ask Graham Thomas, who in 2014 found that hiding behind his pneumonia was a lung cancer at stage IV of its development. Stage IV is medical jargon for a tumour which has spread to other parts of the body. There is no stage V. Mr Thomas now speaks out as part of a campaign by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, a charity, to raise awareness about the illness in Britain. He started smoking at 14, and says people think he brought his illness on himself and that it is the cancer least deserving of sympathy. But he argues that perhaps it should not be, because it is the cancer that kills the most. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. One reason lung cancer is so deadly is that at the moment of diagnosis three-quarters of people have, like Mr Thomas, already arrived at stage IV. In … [Read more...] about Screening for lung cancer is a controversial idea
IT’s the dreaded diagnosis that nobody wants to hear. Lung cancer is the second most common type of the disease in the UK – with 43,500 people diagnosed with the condition each year. But what exactly is lung cancer – and what can be done to help? What is lung cancer? Lung cancer involves the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that start off in one or both lungs - usually in the cells that line the air passages. Instead of developing into healthy lung tissue, these cells divide rapidly and form tumours. As these tumours grow and spread, they weaken the lung’s ability to provide the bloodstream with oxygen. However, not all tumours are created equal. Tumours that remain in one place and don’t appear to spread are known as “benign tumours”. Meanwhile, malignant tumours are the more dangerous variety. These spread to other parts of the body, either via the bloodstream or the lymphatic system – once these spread it is much harder to treat … [Read more...] about What are lung cancer’s symptoms, how is it treated, is coughing a sign and what are the different stages?