Irish Cancer Society

The Mission of the Irish Cancer Society is to play a vital role in achieving world-class cancer services in Ireland, to ensure fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes. Our goals are cancer prevention, early detection, and fighting cancer with three programme areas to achieve them; advocacy, cancer services and research.
Jun 12, 2014

Putting Your Donation To Work...

Dear Supporter,

We at the Irish Cancer Society would like to say THANK YOU for your generous support and donation to help us in our fight against Cancer.

The money you have donated, an AMAZING €3915 to date, is helping us to provide much needed support to the thousands of families across Ireland who are living with and battling this terrible disease. This year alone, over 30,000 people in Ireland will develop cancer and approximately 8,400 people in Ireland will die from the disease.

With the help of generous donations like yours we at the Irish Cancer Society aim to improve the lives of those living with cancer through our varied services;

Cancer Information Services

The Cancer Information Service includes the National Cancer Helpline (Freefone 1800 200 700), cancer chat and social media. The service is free and confidential, staffed by specialist cancer nurses, providing advice and support to people concerned about cancer. During 2013 our nurses supported 17,469 enquiries. 30,057 people also interacted with our cancer information service through social media during 2013.

Night Nursing Service

Night nurses care for cancer patients across the country in their own home during the last days of their life. During 2013 the Society’s night nurses cared for 1,868 patients, providing 7,770 nights of care.

Patient Support service

Care to Drive is a free transport service, whereby trained volunteer drivers bring cancer patients to and from their hospital treatment so that travelling to and from the hospital is one less thing the patient needs to think about. Care to Drive operates from 14 hospitals across the country (St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Sligo General Hospital, St. James’s Hospital, Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Mid-Western Regional Hospital Limerick, Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe, Tallaght Hospital, Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, Midlands Regional Hospital Tullamore, Waterford Regional Hospital, Cork University Hospital, The Mercy University Hospital Cork, Kerry General Hospital) with plans to expand the service to Galway University Hospital in 2014. In 2013 Care to Drive brought 687 patients on 12,160 journeys.

Currently, thanks to donations like yours, we have the ability to help on average 6,000 families, per week. Thank you for joining us in our fight against cancer, with your support We won’t give up until cancer does!

To see more of the services we provide and for further information on the work that we do please click on the link below

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Nov 7, 2013

November Update - Reducing the Risk of Cancer.

Thank you for choosing to support the Irish Cancer Society - at the Irish Cancer Society our vision and our ambition is nothing less than a future without cancer. Earlier this year we launched our strategy; Towards a Future without Cancer and are working hard concentrating on the four strategic goals outlined in this strategy;

  1. Reduce the Risk of Cancer
  2. Improve Lives
  3. Lead Excellent Collaborative Research
  4. Inform and Influence Public Policy.

Focusing on one of our strategic goals; Reduce the Risk of Cancer; A person’s risk of developing some forms of cancer can be reduced by up to 50% through healthy lifestyle choices. We know that smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable death in Ireland, and that increased levels of physical activity, alcohol consumption and obesity add to the challenge of cancer prevention.

The Irish Cancer Society intends to play its part in reversing these trends. In the next five years, we at the Irish Cancer Society are going to develop new programmes so that more people become aware of how they can reduce their risk of cancer. We want to help communities and individuals make positive changes. This is especially important for people from marginalised groups; throughout Ireland people who live in these communities have a higher incidence of cancer and poorer survival rates than those in higher socio-economic groups.

The Irish Cancer Society wants to close this gap and will do so through providing information and building relationships at a local level; empowering communities to take ownership and control of their own health futures. Our targets within the goal ‘Reduce the Risk of Cancer’ include; 

  • The establishment of “Cancer Action Communities” in two communities by 2014, to be rolled out following evaluation to two further communities in 2015 and 2016.
  • The introduction of innovative, evidence-based cancer prevention programmes for targeted population groups in the area of smoking and lifestyle, including diet and physical activity, UV protection and alcohol, informed by independent qualitative and quantitative evaluation.
  • The resourcing and support of communities to become smoke-free environments.
  • A reduction in smoking prevalence nationally to 15% in adults and 7% in young people by 2017.

95% of the Irish Cancer Society's income comes from public donations and fundraising. With 90,000 people living with cancer in Ireland and with statistics indicating that 1 in 3 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime our services and our risk reduction messages are vital. The funds we receive from Global Giving go directly towards providing these services for cancer patients and their families in Ireland- so THANK YOU for your support; you are making a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

Oct 15, 2013

Get the Girls and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are currently in the middle of our Get the Girls fundraising campaign and rolling out awareness across Ireland. Funds raised this October will raise much needed funds for our many free services and cancer research. For more information on this campaign visit www.cancer.ie

Focusing on one of our strategic goals; Lead Excellent Collaborative Research; here is some additional information about the role the Irish Cancer Society plays in cancer research in Ireland; Since 1963, the Irish Cancer Society has invested more than €30 million in cancer research.

We have funded over 200 research projects throughout Ireland, leading to significant improvements in our understanding of how the disease develops and to better treatments and outcomes. We have many exciting plans in the area of cancer research some of which are outlined in our new strategy. We have ambitious targets which include; the instigation of research to define and evaluate the factors that affect survivorship in cancer, the identification of research to define and evaluate the factors that affect survivorship in cancer; and the establishment of up to five collaborative research centres by 2017, leading to a greater understanding of cancer patterns in Ireland and the development of strategies which can be tested clinically.

The Irish Cancer Society‘s first Collaborative Cancer Research Centre is called BREAST-PREDICT.

A strong team of expert Irish researchers, including most of Ireland’s leading names in breast cancer research, will collect and study information such as tumour samples from practically every breast cancer patient in the country in a five-year unique state-of-the-art study to determine how best to treat individual breast cancer patients, according to the particular characteristics of their own cancer.

The research team will examine the changes that take place in this disease which determine, for instance, whether patients respond to a particular drug, how their cancers change over time while they are being treated and whether drugs that they may have been taking prior to their diagnosis have any effect on the outcome of their cancer treatment.

The Centre will also test ways to find new treatment strategies, either by using existing drugs for the correct patient or by identifying new combinations of drugs that will help patients to beat their disease more effectively. It will also develop new tools for improved prediction of patient outcome and response to treatment.

Research is important in informing the work of the Society. We want to find out more about the quality of life and lived experience of cancer survivors in Ireland, so that their lives can be made easier, healthier and more secure.

95% of the Irish Cancer Society's income comes from public donations and fundraising. With 90,000 people living with cancer in Ireland and with statistics indicating that 1 in 3 people will be affected by cancer in their lifetime our services are vital.

The funds we receive from Global Giving go directly towards providing these services for cancer patients and their families in Ireland- so THANK YOU for your support; you are making a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer.

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