Brave Ian’s fight for life, battling prostate cancer

Roscrea man Ian Williams has successfully beaten cancer after 39 treatments at the Mid Western Radiation Oncology Centre, Limerick. Ian survived the scourge of cancer with the help of a wide circle of family, neighbours, and friends, at the Roscrea Golf Club, and in the Hillside Estate where he lives.

Roscrea man Ian Williams has successfully beaten cancer after 39 treatments at the Mid Western Radiation Oncology Centre, Limerick.

Ian survived the scourge of cancer with the help of a wide circle of family, neighbours, and friends, at the Roscrea Golf Club, and in the Hillside Estate where he lives.

Ian was given the devastating news that he had cancer by his GP Dr Paul Booth, who referred him to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. “It never worried me at all,” says Ian, who calls himself an optimist.

“I’m 83 now, and I was told if you getprostate cancer at my age, you’ll die with it, rather than from it.” Doctors were hopeful Ian could get through it: only about 6% of people who contract prostate cancer, die from the condition.

Ian drove himself all the way to Limerick’s Mater Private Mid Western Radiation Oncology Centre in the dead of winter 39 times for radiation treatment. His resilient spirit and upbeat attitude saw him through the ordeal. “It’s a 100 mile round trip each day. It cost me J800 in petrol. And 4,000 miles extra on the speedometer. There were times when I had to go down in the dark at 6.30 in the evening. I had to drive down in the dark and come back in the dark. It would be pouring rain all the way.”The first treatment was on October 30th last year, finishing on December 22nd.

Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.