Five New Cancer Services To Open

Five cancer services centres are to be opened throughout the state, it has been announced.

Opening in hospitals around the country, the new centres will provide newly diagnosed cancer patients with information and support about the disease.

The Irish Cancer Society (ICS), who will be running the sites, said it was "significantly expanding" its Cancer Information Service by setting up five 'Daffodil' centres in a range of hospitals, including designated cancer care centres, regional hospitals and private hospitals, in 2010.

Daffodil Centres are an extension of the Irish Cancer Society’s existing Cancer Information Service and will be run by an experienced cancer nurse supported by trained volunteers.

John McCormack, chief executive of the Irish Cancer Society said: "Access to cancer information is crucial for cancer patients and their families in helping them cope with their diagnosis and how to live with their disease and their changing needs as they go through treatment.

"It is well documented that the biggest gap in the delivery of cancer information is at the point of diagnosis within the hospital and in providing a link to the support centres or groups in the community enabling a continuum of care as the patient progresses through the cancer journey."

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland (NCRI) estimates that up to 30,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer during 2010 and new cases of cancer are expected to reach over 43,000 new cases in the year 2020. Cancer will affect one in three of us during the course of our lifetime.


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