Finance minister Michael Noonan reveals he recently underwent treatment for skin cancer
The Minister for Finance released a statement detailing the treatment this evening.
The statement, which was published on the Department of Finance website this evening, was issued on foot of recent enquiries from the media and was released in order to ensure clarity and accuracy.
It read: “In February 2014 I noticed a lump on my right arm in the shoulder area. On medical examination this was identified as a sarcoma which needed to be removed. During late March and April I received 5 weeks radiotherapy at St Luke’s Hospital to shrink the sarcoma. Last Wednesday 28th May the sarcoma was removed at Cappagh Hospital. I was discharged on Saturday 31st 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.
“I wish to thank all of the staff at St. Luke’s Hospital and Cappagh Hospital, and in particular my medical team.
“I will continue to serve as Minister for Finance at the Taoiseach’s discretion.”