Warwick Cowboys player Declan McLoughlin shares a laugh with mate Danny Lyons, who is recovering from cancer.
Warwick Cowboys player Declan McLoughlin shares a laugh with mate Danny Lyons, who is recovering from cancer. Michael Cormack

Lyons still in shock over cancer diagnosis

WHILE Danny Lyons was never one to believe he would not get cancer, it was still a shock to him when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December.

Now eight weeks on from his operation, Mr Lyons is hoping to raise awareness for other men.

"I had no symptoms but I've been getting regular blood tests for the last four years and my blood test count went up from 3.5 to 4.1," Mr Lyons said.

"My cancer was aggressive, I was lucky I got to it early.

"I was told it may have been very different in two years time.

"I want people to know that if you don't go to a doctor, you never know and it could be too late."

Mr Lyons had a newer type of surgery, which has helped his recovery.

"I had robotic surgery in Greenslopes, which took five hours," he said.

"I was home in two days and then I had a four week period of recovery, however I've been walking and playing golf for the past three weeks.

"I just have to go back for a check-up every three months."

Mr Lyons has been a prominent member of the Warwick community - having been president of the Warwick Squash Club, a Warwick Cowboys committee member and a life member of the Warwick Cricket Association - and said keeping healthy had helped his recovery.

"I don't smoke and I am a very occasional drinker," Mr Lyons said. "I am reasonably fit, which has helped with my recovery.

"The fitter you are, the better your recovery.

"My doctor said my recovery has been remarkable."

Having been so involved in community sport, Mr Lyons has helped out many players new to the Rose City - one of which has been Warwick Cowboys player Declan McLoughlin.

"He (Mr Lyons) was the one who got me over here about 15 months ago," Mr McLoughlin said.

"He's a genuinely nice fella.

"He's helped find a lot of us jobs and places to live.

"He's always just a phone call away."

Mr McLoughlin said it hit home when Mr Lyons was diagnosed.

"You hear of people getting it but it was a fair shock when he got it," Mr McLoughlin said.



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