Brian Kennedy a 'life saver' to fans after cancer diagnosis
Singer Brian Kennedy has told of his delight on learning that his cancer diagnosis helped save the lives of other men battling the disease.
The 50-year-old said he was "in great health and doing as well as can be expected" following his diagnosis with rectal cancer in the summer.
Kennedy said he was "incredibly lucky" to have caught the illness early.
But the Belfast-born musician, who has since undergone radiation and chemotherapy treatment, said the one positive to emerge from his health setback had been the inspiration he had provided to other male cancer sufferers.
He said: "Everywhere I go now people come up to me and tell me their really private cancer stories that they're either in the middle of, or they've been through, or they've lost a person, maybe."
Kennedy also said his perspective on life had changed since both his own diagnosis and the loss of his older musician brother, Bap, to pancreatic cancer last November.
He told TV3: "As I always say, there's someone worse off than me somewhere in the world right now. So that makes me feel like I've still got work to do, money to raise. It's really important to me to get out there and try to help other people."
And speaking of his own battle with cancer, he added: "I'm in great health and doing as well as can be expected. I'm not out of the woods yet, by any means. It's a slow process."