A CANCER patient who said the rapid process from finding a lump through to chemotherapy left him very little time to adapt.

Stained glass craftsman and lamp maker Dominic Commane, from Ludlow, discovered he had cancer at the age of 50.

During a course of dental work, Mr Commane found a cancerous lump in his neck at the end of last year and underwent six weeks of treatment at Hereford County Hospital.

He's now urging others people living with cancer or a long term condition to attend a health and wellbeing event organised by Wye Valley NHS Trust and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Commane said: "It all happened quickly from the lump appearing in my neck to the rapid biopsies followed by treatment.

"Whilst I felt very unwell during radiotherapy and chemotherapy, what I was not expecting is the extreme levels of fatigue which are still very prevalent.

"I am very grateful to be alive, but I am having to learn how to adjust to the new me and find ways of managing day to day life and work.

"Living with cancer is not a lone experience but a shared one, but you can feel cut off at the end of treatment.

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 10am to 3.30pm, at the Three Counties Hotel in Hereford and will bring together specialist healthcare staff and more than 20 local support services.

Advice will be given on managing the effects of cancer and other long term health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes or chronic muscle and joint problems.

For more information, email elizabeth.gould2@wvt.nhs.uk.