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Support floods in for Keelin as she reveals cancer fight

RTE's Keelin Shanley has been bombarded with good wishes after revealing she had breast cancer.

Hundreds of people got in touch with Keelin via her Twitter account to show their support following her appearance on the Late Late Show.

The broadcaster revealed she underwent chemotherapy following her diagnosis two years ago.

Speaking to Ryan Tubridy, Keelin described how she underwent chemotherapy and a mastectomy in February 2011 within weeks of getting the bad news at St Vincent's Hospital.

Following her appearance, Keelin thanked the well-wishers for their support and appealed for people to keep supporting the Daffodil campaign in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.

"Thanks for kind comments on #latelate. Still time to help cancer society," she said.

Fellow presenter Evelyn O'Rourke praised Keelin for a "warm, charming and insightful interview".

Evelyn was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2010 while five months pregnant with her second child – she underwent treatment after giving birth and is now in remission.

Among the well-wishers were some of Keelin's RTE colleagues, including Mark Coughlan who said: "Keelin Shanley. Absolute legend. Learned LOADS from her over last few years. She's something else."

The Morning Edition anchor spoke of her shock after her diagnosis – but now says that she is doing great.

"I think I'm done with it," Keelin said.

"It's such a scary word cancer, if you hear the word 'cancer' you think you're going to die. I was horrified, it was a bit of a shock," she added.

Text DAFF to 50300 to donate €4 to Irish Cancer Society.

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