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Comedian Anne Gildea lays bare cancer experience

Six-month journey of The Nualas performer through breast cancer diagnosis and treatment chronicled in RTÉ2 doc tonight.

Anne Gildea during one of many hospital appointments after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Anne Gildea during one of many hospital appointments after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
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THE EXPERIENCE OF comedian and writer Anne Gildea through a breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment is to be chronicled in a documentary on RTÉ2 this evening.

Gildea, a member of comedy trio The Nualas, was diagnosed with aggressive stage three breast cancer treatment last summer. The Nualas group was four months into a tour and the doc shows Gildea attempting to juggle rehearsals and tour dates with her treatment.

Shot over a six-month period, the programme – Breast Cancer: No Laughing Matter – promises to be an unflinching study of Gildea’s reaction to the diagnosis, mastectomy and chemotherapy. Gildea, 45, shared some of her experiences at the weekend with other attendees at the National Conference for Cancer Survivorship, which examined the psychological and physical impact of a cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as coping strategies for survivors. The conference was organised by the Irish Cancer Society.

No Laughing Matter is directed by Libby McCormack and filmed and produced by Anna Rodgers, who directed and produced the recent documentary MND: The Inside Track about RTÉ broadcaster Colm Murray who is living with Motor Neurone Disease.

  • Breast Cancer: No Laughing Matter is on RTÉ2 tonight at 9.30pm.

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