The wife of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has spoken of her fear at learning she had developed cancer, but urged other sufferers not to lose hope.
Collette Adams confirmed she had underwent major surgery, saying her experience had underlined the need for people with health concerns to seek urgent advice.
The republican leader's wife also thanked medical staff and underlined the message that early detection of cancer can be vital to a successful outcome.
"A month ago the results of tests I had undertaken revealed I had cancer," said the mother-of-one.
"It was a great shock but I was told by my doctor and consultant that my cancer was treatable and that I would very quickly be taken into hospital for an operation and to determine what further treatment I might require.
"Last week I had major surgery. Afterwards I was told by the consultant that he believed the operation to have been a success, although more tests will follow."
The health scare came as Mr Adams is under wider pressure over his handling of allegations of child abuse made against his brother Liam.
The Sinn Fein leader has called on his brother to hand himself in to police to face allegations he sexually abused his daughter. The Sinn Fein President has also faced questions about what he did to prevent Liam Adams from working in politics.
The family has also been rocked by revelations that Gerry Snr was an abuser, something which the Sinn Fein leader said he was still coming to terms with.
Mr Adams told colleagues of his wife's illness when he addressed a Sinn Fein selection meeting on Tuesday night.