MP Jack fighting cancer
Published on: 06 Jun 2013
Filton MP Jack Lopresti is fighting cancer, he has revealed today.
The Filton and Bradley Stoke MP said the outlook was postitive after treatment at Southmead and Frenchay hospitals.
Mr Lopresti has been in and out of hospital with suspected appendicitis for three months which culminated in a major operation three weeks ago and has now been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
He said: “'I am to have three months' chemotherapy. I am not sure yet how I will be affected by the treatment but it is my intention to get well as soon as possible and do as much constituency work as I can in the interim. I apologise in advance to all constituents if I am not out and about during the next three months as much as I normally am. I am looking forward to getting back into full-time action in September.
"The future prognosis is positive, most of the cancer was removed during my recent operation and in my consultant’s own words they will “mop up” any remaining cancer cells and are aiming for a complete cure and recovery.
"I cannot praise enough the medical teams and staff at Frenchay and Southmead for the care I have so far received and that I was looked after wonderfully by them when I was admitted to Frenchay Hospital.
"I would like to place on the record my huge thanks to them and all my friends and family who have rallied round and been incredibly supportive in what has been a difficult few weeks.
"I am very lucky to be supported by a dedicated and professional team both in Westminster and the constituency. My local office in the Willowbrook Centre, Bradley Stoke, is open every day 9 – 5 run by Liz Jarvis, my office manager, and Mike Cobb my caseworker. Please give them a call or better still pop in to the office (no appointment required) if we can help in anyway. Mr Jonathan Benjamin as my Senior Parliamentary Assistant manages my London team and he can be reached on 0207 219 7070.
"As far as my local and Westminster teams are concerned it is business as usual. I will continue to serve the people of Filton and Bradley Stoke to the best of my ability, which I am always very honoured and proud to do.”