Anne Keating

Anne Keating

I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer in 2011 which was HER2+ and ER+. I received what I consider to be world class treatment and care from one of the eight designated specialist breast centres in Ireland.  As a Dub and a Northsider I was very fortunate to be living near to one of the specialist breast centres.

Following my recovery I retired from work and found myself with some time on my hands. I bumped into Dympna Watson at an Irish Cancer Society Survivorship Conference in 2012 where she was staffing the Europa Donna Ireland stand. Dympna was an ex work colleague and then chairperson of Europa Donna Ireland. Needless to say she talked me into joining Europa Donna Ireland and I was subsequently elected to the committee in 2013.

I have come to realise that not everybody is fortunate enough to be living so close to a specialist breast centre and therefore has to travel further. I firmly believe in EUROPA DONNA’s principle that everyone, no matter what their circumstances, or where they live should have access to the same level of screening and treatment. I am very committed to this and work with Europa Donna Ireland and other organisations to further our cause.

I have a special interest in inflammatory breast cancer, HER2+ and ER+ treatments, and new developments and research in these areas. As a person with a non-medical background, being a member of Europa Donna Ireland enables me to keep up to date with what is going on in these fields.

I am very committed to physical fitness, healthy diet and lifestyle and understanding the impact this can have on our lives. After treatment my oncologist told me how important my own fitness levels contributed to my recovery. I am particularly interested in the role that fitness plays in regard to prevention of recurrence and quality of life after cancer treatments including issues such as lymphoedema prevention and control.

Anne Keating

Committee Member