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Cardiff Labour MP recuperating after prostate cancer surgery

20 Sep 2022 2 minute read
Kevin Brennan picture from his Facebook page

Labour’s Kevin Brennan has undergone surgery for prostate cancer, the MP revealed.

The MP for Cardiff West said he was “recuperating very well and should require no further treatment” as he thanked NHS staff for their “incredible skill, professionalism, dedication and humanity”.

He pointed others to the NHS website for advice on prostate cancer.

In a Twitter thread, the MP said: “Some personal news – a thread – last week I had surgery at UHW Cardiff for prostate cancer – I am recuperating very well and should require no further treatment.”

“The recuperation means that I will be working from my home in Cardiff West for the next few weeks rather than travelling to Parliament and Party Conference. My constituents can still contact my office as usual.

“I want to thank the superb NHS Wales doctors, nurses and staff at UHW for their incredible skill, professionalism, dedication and humanity – you are the best of us! Diolch yn fawr iawn!

“I am a fit and healthy man who had zero symptoms before diagnosis – over 50s ask your GP for a PSA test and get a scan if indicated as I did – early diagnosis means you can monitor changes and intervene only if necessary.”

Kevin Brennan has been the Member of Parliament for Cardiff West since 2001. He shares a constituency with First Minister Mark Drakeford.

He was until 2010 the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs under Gordon Brown’s government.

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Dr John Ball
Dr John Ball
1 year ago

To ALL men reading this.

I am recovering from prostate cancer, it was caught in time and I have not needed surgery.
The test is a simple blood test, do not ignore systems, get the test done!

1 year ago
Reply to  Dr John Ball

I can second that. The sooner the better. I’d been getting routine 6/12 monthly tests for a few years before my PSA spiked. Early interventions mean that I remain on a cycle of 6/12 periodic reviews with 2 MRI’s & biopsies in nearly 5 years. Sounds like it’s a slow burn but the monitoring ensures that any spike triggers closer scrutiny. Special mention to Prostate Cymru who were vigorously supported by the late champion Eddie Butler.

Good on Kevin Brennan for sharing his recent experience. Some things are done very well in Wales NHS and deserve the mention.

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