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.