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Friday 19 September 2014

Shanley reveals her cancer fight

Published 23/03/2013 | 05:00

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RTE’s Keelin Shanley outside the ‘Late Late Show’ studio.

RTE presenter Keelin Shanley has revealed she is recovering from breast cancer.

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The award-winning RTE journalist – who recently launched the state broadcaster's new flagship breakfast show 'Morning Edition' – told Ryan Tubridy that she was diagnosed two years ago.

But after undergoing chemotherapy and a mastectomy within weeks of getting the grim news at St Vincent's Hospital in February 2011, the former 'Prime Time' reporter said she is happy to report the disease didn't spread.

"I'm great. I think I'm done with it," said the 40-something brunette on last night's 'Late Late Show'.

Although she said she would always have to be monitored to ensure that the disease was in remission, she said she was fortunate that there had been several breakthroughs in the treatment of breast cancer over the past 20 years.

Ms Shanley's mother died of ovarian cancer a year after she was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 59, and the journalist thanked the thousands of volunteers across Ireland who braved monsoon rain and cold yesterday to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society's annual Daffodil Day fundraising campaign.

She added: "I'm so lucky to have benefited by all of the years of fundraising," she said.

"I was horrified. It was a bit of a shock," she said.

"It's such a scary word, cancer. It's a very scary condition and if you hear the word 'cancer' you think you're going to die.

"You go into overdrive. It's a very shocking word to hear," she said.

"It's like a big grenade and one of the worst things is telling other people."

She said she was now looking forward to getting on with her new morning current affairs show as well as returning to 'The Consumer Show' after Easter.

"So far, so good," she added.

Irish Independent

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