Thursday 24 January 2019

Pat Smullen remaining positive in pancreatic cancer battle after completing course of chemotherapy

Pat Smullen. Photo: Sportsfile
Pat Smullen. Photo: Sportsfile Newsdesk Newsdesk

Pat Smullen is "on to the next step" of his recovery as he continues to receive treatment for a tumour which was found earlier this year

The nine-times champion Irish Flat jockey was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in March and has now completed his required course of chemotherapy.

He will undergo surgery next and after that Smullen is hoping to make a full recovery.

"Thankfully everything is going according to plan. We're through the chemotherapy now and on to the next step," said Smullen.

"That will hopefully be followed by surgery and then hopefully that will be the end of it.

"I'd like to thank everybody again for their support and well wishes. That has been a big factor in me getting on so well and getting this far."

Smullen threw in the ball at last night's Hurling for Cancer match in Newbridge, where Davy Russell's Best defeated Jim Bolger's Stars 5-20 to 6-12.

Pat Smullen, 9-time Champion Flat Jockey, throws the ball in to start the seventh annual Hurling for Cancer Research game, a celebrity hurling match in aid of the Irish Cancer Society at St Conleth’s Park, in Newbridge. The event, organised by legendary racehorse trainer Jim Bolger and National Hunt jockey Davy Russell, has raised €700,000 to date to fund the Irish Cancer Society’s innovative cancer research projects. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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