September 14, 2018

Hundreds to attend Irish Cancer Society’s Annual Conference for Cancer Survivors this Saturday

RTÉ News Reporter, Teresa Mannion, to give closing speech on overcoming adversity

Up to 400 cancer survivors, their families, friends and carers are due to travel to Galway to attend the Irish Cancer Society’s annual conference on cancer survivorship. It takes place in the Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit, Saturday, 15 September.

Averil Power, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said, “Up to 165,000 people are now living with or beyond cancer in Ireland. The Conference is a great opportunity for us to listen to cancer survivors about how the Irish Cancer Society can best support them.

“A range of speakers will share their expert knowledge and advice on a variety of topics such as Advances in Cancer Treatment, Dealing with Fatigue, Sexuality and Intimacy after a Cancer Diagnosis. There will also be workshops on Exercise and Diet, Improving Self Confidence, Mindfulness for Daily Living and Returning to Work.

“We hope all attendees will gain some useful information and practical tips for dealing with cancer. However, most of all, we hope that people will come away from the event feeling supported and aware of the services that are available to them at every stage of their cancer journey.”

RTÉ News Reporter, Teresa Mannion, will give the closing speech of the conference. Teresa was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer in 2013 and underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Teresa has now passed her five year cancer free mark and is living life to the full. Her talk will focus on building resilience and overcoming adversity.

Teresa said, “Being diagnosed with breast cancer was a gruelling period of my life and threw up many physical and mental challenges. Early detection and expert medical care have been key to my recovery, along with a positive mental attitude. I am humbled to share my experience with the attendees of the Irish Cancer Society Conference and I’m looking forward to discussing some of the key issues that cancer survivors and their families face.”

This year’s Living Well with Cancer Conference is kindly supported by Abbvie, Janssen, Pfizer and Takeda.