Diane was 55 when she was diagnosed with a small tongue cancer that was treated locally. However the cancer came back. She then need major reconstructive surgery at University Hosptial Aintree followed by six weeks of radiotherapy at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology.
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Irwin was 52 when he was diagnosed with a large cancer at the back of his tongue. He underwent radical reconstructive surgery at University Hospital Aintree, which involved losing 3/4 of his tongue. He then needed further combined radiotherapy and chemotherapy at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology.
John was 56 when he was diagnosed with a large tumour of his throat. He underwent a laryngectomy (removal of his voice box) at Univerisaty Hospital Aintree and six weeks of radiotherapy at Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology. He later underwent surgical voice restoration and now talks with the aid of a speech valve.