A POPULAR Clydebank photographer has revealed how he’s undergone treatment for cancer – after docs noticed something wrong when he went in for a hip replacement.

Owen McGuigan, 68, who has run the MyClydebank Photos website since 2009, received his new hip in July 2019.

But after his operation docs realised Owen had underlying health conditions – and in November he was told he had cancer of the prostate.

His treatment began in January, but was put on hold by the Covid-19 pandemic.

But he’s now undergone his final round of radiotherapy – and after initially being told the cancer was advanced, and had spread to his lymph nodes, it’s now thought that Owen has overcome the illness. Owen told the Post: “It was a bit of a shock.

“I like to get out and about, so having cancer treatment has really taken it out of me.

“Radiotheraphy isn’t painful itself, but the pain comes afterwards, because it targets the cells inside your body.

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“I had never known fatigue like it. It’s a different kind of tired.”

Owen’s wife Helen also has asthma, and so the couple both had to shield for five months.

But though Owen couldn’t get out and about with his camera, he kept busy through online pub quizzes and sharing ‘throwback’ pictures of Clydebank on Facebook for other Bankies to enjoy.

Although he and Helen had enjoyed visits from their son and daughter, Michael and Jennifer, in their garden, Owen looks forward to making a full recovery in the next few weeks and having sleepovers with his grandchildren again.

Owen ventured back out with his camera at the beginning of August to snap the final phase of the demolition of the high-rise flats at Clydebank East.

And now that he’s completed his final round of radiotherapy, Owen – who has been unable to pursue his passion for photography since last summer because of his hip operation – is looking forward to getting properly back outdoors with his camera.

“I’m really looking forward to getting out and about again,” he said.

“I had to have three gold implants put in my prostate as part of the treatment, so I’m worth £150 more than when I started.”