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All-Ireland approach on sarcoma needed - McLaughlin

22 July, 2015 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called for an all-Ireland approach to combatting the rare cancer, sarcoma. 

Ms McLaughlin said; 

"Sarcomas are cancers which affect the connective tissues of the body such as muscle, nerves, bone, cartilage, blood vessels and fat. 

"Around 100 people are diagnosed with Sarcoma in the North every year but more awareness is still needed. 

"The tragic death of Paul Coyle in Derry from Sarcoma and the awareness campaign launched by his family and friends have helped increase awareness of the disease. 

"The painting of Free Derry Wall has also added a very public dimension to that campaign and will no doubt help increase awareness of sarcoma. 

"I have organised a public information session on Friday which will be addressed by Dr Charles Gilham, a leading expert on sarcoma. It will be part of a weekend of events which will also include an awareness raising walk and the release of lanterns in memory of Paul. 

"At present sarcoma patients from Derry and Donegal have to go to London for treatment, often at great expense to themselves and their families. 

"We should be looking towards the development of an all-Ireland approach to patients with sarcoma so they can get the best level of care close to home."

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