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Michael Noonan received treatment for skin cancer after finding lump

The Minister for Finance said he received five weeks radiotherapy and then had a sarcoma removed.

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FINANCE MINISTER MICHAEL Noonan has confirmed that he has received treatment for cancer after finding a lump on his arm.

Noonan said in a statement this evening that he noticed a lump on his right arm in the shoulder area in February this year.

“On medical examination this was identified as a sarcoma which needed to be removed,” he said. “During late March and April I received five weeks radiotherapy at St Lukes Hospital to shrink the sarcoma.”

Noonan said the sarcoma was removed last Wednesday at Cappagh Hospital and he discharged on Saturday 31 May.

My medical team believe the treatment has gone very well and are upbeat about the prognosis. There is no damage to my shoulder muscle and my risk of recurrence is low.

The Finance Minister said he wished to thank all of the staff at St Lukes Hospital and Cappagh Hospital, and in particular his medical team.

He said he will continue to serve as Minister for Finance at the Taoiseach’s discretion.

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