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Patient Information & Videos

The videos below describe the patient’s journey from diagnosis of oesophageal cancer, through treatment and surgery. It is designed to introduce patients and their families to the team here in Beaumont and provide information and guidance to them at different steps of their journey.   Three of our patients have also described their own cancer journey.

Engaging patients in this way plays an important role in getting patients engaged and activated in their care, during a physically and emotionally stressful time in their lives when they get a diagnosis of Oesophageal cancer.  Our patient stories are real and show how others dealt with similar health issues and problems. We hope that the videos will help patients internalize important information about their health conditions and provide an emotional touchpoint. Patients realize they aren’t alone, and that they can benefit from what their peers have already been through.

Cancer video 


The making of the videos would not have been possible without the staff from the Upper GI Surgery Unit, the patients who bravely told their stories and the hard work, time and commitment of Dermot McConkey, of Best Practices, who developed the videos (Dermot himself is a cancer survivor recently finished treatment with the Department of Upper GI surgery in Beaumont).   



Dermot's Journey

Dermots storyDermot is a 67 year old man who works as a videographer.  In the summer of 2018 he presented with difficulty swallowing and was diagnosed with an Oesophageal cancer. He proceeded directly to a minimally invasive oesophagectomy in Sept 2018. He has made an excellent recovery from surgery. He has returned to his work which he loves. It was out of his love for his work the idea for putting together the video documenting an oesophageal cancer patients journey through the Beaumont Hospital was born. It has taken nearly 10 months of hard work dedication, professionalism and many many long hours of filming and re-editing on Dermots part!!


Aidan's Journey

Aidans storyAidan is now a 55 year old married man living in Kildare with his family. He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer back in November 2017. He underwent a course of chemotheraphy and radiotherapy, given together over a period of approximately five weeks. After this treatment was completed he had a period of recovery and then went on to have a minimally invasive oesophagectomy in April 2018. He has recovered and is now back working and enjoying life including his beloved cycling!


David's Journey

Davids storyDavid is now 57 years old is a married man with children living in Dublin. He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer at the end of 2017 and underwent a period of chemoradiation followed by a recovery period and then underwent a minimally invasive oesophagectomy in March 2018. He recovered extremely well and progressed himself back to all his fitness pursuits as his recovery allowed. He is back to work and enjoys his many fitness adventures!



dietets video


Dietary advice is central to the recovery of patients diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer.

Cathy White is our Senior Dietitian with over 10 years experience in the Upper GI Surgical service. Cathy is a wonderful resource providing high quality dietary advice and support to patients diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. You will see Cathy throughout your journey.