A regional daily editor is to chronicle his battle with cancer in the pages of his own newspaper after being diagnosed with a malignant throat tumour.
Dave Whaley, who has been editor at the Oldham Evening Chronicle for four years and managing editor since last May, wrote the first of his “Keep Smiling” articles yesterday, after doctors discovered the tumour on his vocal chords.
The 53-year-old, a non-smoker, said he only went to visit his GP when a croaky voice did not return to normal after a bout of ‘man flu’ but was taken by surprise when the consultant revealed it was cancer.
Dave will commence radiotherapy treatment later this month and has high hopes of beating the disease.
Said Dave: “I have been very fortunate. The voice change was an early indicator, and they have discovered it’s a T1 tumour, the lowest grade, so I have high hopes of beating this.
“The cancer team have been brilliant. I found out on April 30, 2014, and I will be commencing the first of 16 days of radiotherapy treatment before the end of May.
“Our newspaper did a massive amount of publicity with a campaign to raise cash to build a Christie Centre in Oldham, but it is always difficult to do stories on how it all works, because of patient confidentiality. Well I can waive that, talk to the staff treating me, and tell it like it is.
“Christie have kindly given the Chronicle access to do photographs, and I hope it will help people understand what goes on and what dedicated and brilliant people we have helping us when something like this happens.”
David added that “Keep Smiling” was something very personal as it had long been his family’s outlook on life, and that they too supported putting his battle with cancer into print.
“I told the staff here at the Chronicle, and within hours I had had calls from all over the country offering me their support. It’s good to know you have an army of support.”
Dave was appointed editor of the Chronicle in 2010 after ten years as deputy editor.