Michael Noonan upbeat despite cancer scare

Minister Michael Noonan, TD. Picture: Dave Gaynor

Minister Michael Noonan, TD. Picture: Dave Gaynor

  • by Alan Owens

IT WAS business as usual this morning for Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, who last night revealed he recently had surgery to remove a cancerous lump from his arm.

The Limerick politician released a statement late last night confirming that he underwent radiotherapy in March and April over the course of five weeks and last Wednesday had surgery to have a sarcoma removed.

Mr Noonan was in meetings from 8.30am this morning and as Taoiseach Enda Kenny is in America, will take Leaders’ Questions in the Dail today. He is also scheduled to speak to media at lunchtime.

The Gouldavoher man released the statement last night “on foot of queries from media and to ensure accuracy and clarity”.

“In February 2014 I noticed a lump on my right arm in the shoulder area,” read the statement from the minister.

“On medical examination this was identified as a sarcoma which needed to be removed. During late March and April I received 5 weeks radiotherapy at St Luke’s Hospital to shrink the sarcoma.

“Last Wednesday 28th May the sarcoma was removed at Cappagh Hospital. I was discharged on Saturday 31st May. My medical team believe the treatment has gone very well and are upbeat about the prognosis.

“There is no damage to the shoulder muscle and my risk of recurrence is low.”

Mr Noonan went on to thank the staff of both hospitals where he received care and added: “I will continue to serve as Minister for Finance at the Taoiseach’s discretion.”




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