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.
Sep 23, 2015

September update - A future without breast cancer

Naomi Elster
Naomi Elster

Thank you for choosing to support the Irish Cancer Society!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we are currently in the middle of our Paint it Pink 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.

At the Irish Cancer Society, our ambition is nothing less than a future without breast cancer. Every day people all over Ireland are fighting breast cancer. Every day the Irish Cancer Society is here supporting breast cancer patients and their families at every stage of their cancer journey, supporting vital research into better ways to diagnose and treat breast cancer, as well as providing essential breast cancer services.

By Painting your Company Pink this October, you can help us save lives. Our breast cancer researchers continue to discover new information that is transforming diagnosis and treatment.

For example, Irish Cancer Society Research Scholar, Naomi Elster, whose research into breast cancer will see a new class of drug being trialled in breast cancer patients for the first time in Ireland this year.

While there have been major advances in the treatment of breast cancer in recent years, with the development of targeted drugs, significant challenges remain for a proportion of women that develop resistance to these treatments.

Naomi’s research has found that a drug, which can act as a single blocker in cancer cells, holds a promise in stemming the growth and spread of cancer cells when combined with other drugs.

Thanks to research funded by the Irish Cancer Society there is now hope of a new and more effective treatment for breast cancer patients.

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.

Jun 25, 2015

Irish Cancer Society vital services to families in Eire

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 inactivity, 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” 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.

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Dec 9, 2014

Irish Cancer Society's vital services to families

Dear Supporter,

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

The money you have donated, an AMAZING $18,684.79 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. 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), our Daffodil Centres all around Ireland, our Survivorship programme and our counselling services. Our National Cancer Helpline is staffed by specialist cancer nurses, provides comprehensive cancer support, advice and information to patients, carers, the general public as well as healthcare professionals.  During 2013 our nurses supported 17,469 cancer information enquiries.

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 provided a total of 7,770 nights of care operating every night of the year, including Christmas.

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. In 2013, 6080 cancer patients accessed our Care to Drive Service.

Care to Drive operates from 14 hospitals across the country.

Thank you for joining us in our fight against cancer, with your support we won’t give up until cancer does!

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