Let’s talk lung can­cer

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By CAITLIN TILLER

AHEAD of Lung Can­cer Aware­ness Month, Lois Gat­ley is urg­ing the com­mu­nity to put lung can­cer on the agenda.

The Su­bi­aco res­i­dent was di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer two years ago.

“It was the most hor­ri­fy­ing day of my life – I’d given up smok­ing 30 years ago so I thought I was in the safe zone,” Ms Gat­ley said.

“My lung tu­mour that I call ‘Al­fred’ had spread to my cen­tral chest (hence the pain), my lym­phatic sys­tem and the pleu­ral cav­ity.”

Ms Gat­ley said she had pain for a long time be­fore the di­ag­no­sis but good treat­ment and self-care had made a dif­fer­ence.

“This dis­ease af­fects young and old – peo­ple who have never smoked, smok­ers and former smok­ers – more peo­ple die from lung can­cer than breast can­cer and prostate can­cer com­bined.”

Ms Gat­ley said lung can­cer re­ceived 5 per cent of all funds for can­cer re­search.

“With breast can­cer there are com­monly known signs and peo­ple know what they should do if they find some­thing ab­nor­mal, but we want peo­ple to check their breath­ing and look for un­ex­plained coughs or un­ex­plained weight loss,” she said.

Early de­tec­tion was im­por­tant as lung can­cer treat­ments were ad­vanc­ing.

“New ways of treat­ing lung can­cer are com­ing up by ge­netic pro­fil­ing as well as im­munol­ogy drugs and we want that to give peo­ple ray of hope,” Ms Gat­ley said.

Health pro­fes­sion­als and other speak­ers will give pre­sen­ta­tions at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment in Jolimont on Novem­ber 5, sup­ported by Lung Foundation Aus­tralia.

Live mu­sic en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments will be pro­vided from 6 to 8pm.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445135

There’s hope: Lois Gat­ley with her dog Char­lie. Ms Gat­ley is a vol­un­teer or­gan­iser of an event in Jolimont on Novem­ber 5 called “A Ray of Hope” for peo­ple suf­fer­ing lung can­cer.

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