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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Cancer

This month
January 2023
# 221+
Woman who claims her cervical cancer test was misread sues State over refusal to grant supports
She applied to the National Screening Service to be included in a scheme known as the 221+ group care package.
# Michael Flatley
Michael Flatley undergoes surgery after being diagnosed with aggressive form of cancer
It has not been confirmed what type of cancer Flatley has been diagnosed with.
Last year
2022
# Cost of Living
'They're facing grave choices': Survey shows cancer patients cutting back on heating over costs
The Irish Cancer Society said it’s “the reality of having cancer in Ireland today”.
# CervicalCheck
Taoiseach apologises to Stephen Teap in wake of CervicalCheck settlement
Micheál Martin said there was “no defence” for what happened with the CervicalCheck controversy.
# child palliative care
'Our child deserves to die at home': Family of boy with cancer told palliative care not available in their area
Tipperary TD Michael Lowry read out a letter in the Dáil from parents of a boy with terminal cancer.
# National Cancer Registry
Number of people living after invasive cancer diagnosis exceeds 200,000 for the first time
It’s equivalent to 1 in 24 of the population and equates to a 50% increase in the number of cancer survivors when compared to a decade ago.
# tributes
Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has died
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said she was “a woman of extraordinary courage and integrity”.
Vicky died in the early hours of this morning in Limerick, surrounded by her family
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said she was "a woman of extraordinary courage and integrity"
President Michael D Higgins said the campaigner "made an enormous contribution to Irish society"
Family pay tribute to Vicky Phelan: 'Her passing will leave a void in our lives'
Vicky Phelan: A tenacious, adored campaigner who strengthened the voice of women in Ireland
# Health
Cancer patients in deprived communities 'being left behind' due to inequality of care
These individuals often face hidden costs and less GP access, the report found
# Disease
Former Celtic and Scotland striker Frank McGarvey diagnosed with cancer
Sons Scott and Sean posted messages on their Twitter accounts confirming the news.
# chemo
Actor and activist Jane Fonda confirms she has cancer
The 84-year-old Oscar winner vowed to fight the “very treatable” illness.
# hidden costs
Families hit out at 'added stress' of hospital parking while children undergo cancer treatment
One parent told the report: ‘I feel guilty worrying about money because I’m so happy my children are well.’
# Courts
Garda awaits sentence for coercive control of his terminally ill former girlfriend
The victim told the court that he stole her cancer medication and she feared he would murder her.
# new initiative
Aldi to include bowel cancer symptoms on its toilet rolls from the autumn
Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in Ireland.
# cancer care
Cancer patients advised not to ignore weight loss during treatment
A survey has shown that many people are not clear on the importance of nutritional care during cancer care.
# EPA
170,000 homes across Ireland thought to be at risk from Radon gas, EPA says
The gas is linked to around 350 new cases of lung cancer in Ireland every year.
# reasearch
Greater access to clinical trials for teens and young adults as cancer incidence rises in Ireland
Around 180-190 people between 16 and 25 years are diagnosed with cancer in Ireland every year.
# Paul Arthurs
Oasis guitarist Bonehead says he has tonsil cancer
Paul Arthurs has said that he’s been told it’s treatable.
# illness
Ex-Rangers and Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram receiving treatment for cancer
The Gers have sent their best wishes to the 58-year-old former player.
# CervicalCheck
Population coverage of cervical cancer screening has been dipping since 2017
The report notes that since CervicalCheck began in 2008, it has reduced the incidence of cervical cancer by 2.8% per year.
Voices
Cliodhna Russell: 'I didn’t know what was ahead. I didn’t know how aggressive the cancer was'
One year ago today, the newsreader and reporter was starting into cancer treatment just two weeks after becoming a mother for the first time.
# breastcheck
'Essential' that Government supports BreastCheck after appointments delayed by up to a year
The service said it will be more in line with England during this time, which screens women every three years.
# RIP
US comedian Louie Anderson has died aged 68
He appeared in films including Coming To America and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
# gcmaf
HPRA warning over online purchases of bogus cancer 'miracle cure'
Users of private social media groups based in Ireland have also been sharing tips on how to bring the drug into the country.
Health product watchdogs are investigating the use of a so-called "miracle cure" for cancer, writes Garreth MacNamee.
Quantities of the drug are suspected to have been brought into the country recently.
It is primarily being brought into the jurisdiction from North America, it is understood.
All time
# Cancer
Progress on cancer survival at risk due to Covid-19 disruption, Irish Cancer Society warns
The National Cancer Registry Ireland 2021 report was published today.
# vicky phelan
Vicky Phelan says she has stopped chemo with aim to 'spend Christmas with my kids'
Phelan said she is now receiving medication to treat her “symptoms”.
# Cancer Diagnosis
Tiger King’s Joe Exotic says he has ‘aggressive cancer’
Joe Exotic, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently being held in a Texas prison
# Cancer
Vicky Phelan returns to Ireland for palliative care after new tumours end US treatment
The mother-of-two said she hopes chemotherapy will keep her alive ‘until Christmas at least’.
# eileen rushe
Cervical cancer campaigner Eileen Rushe dies aged 35
The 35-year-old mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer in December 2018.
# RIP
Tributes paid to Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding as 'shining star' dies aged 39
The singer had breast cancer.
# Cancer
Health minister hopeful of Budget boost for Irish cancer services
Stephen Donnelly said he expected the health service to see an increase in the number of patients presenting with cancer in the coming months.
# RIP
'A true original both in comedy and life': Tributes as comedy star Sean Lock dies aged 58
The TV star and comedian died from cancer at home surrounded by his family.
Voices
Opinion: Being part of a trial for prostate cancer treatment has improved my life greatly
Peter MacNamara has been battling prostate cancer since 2011 and has found immunotherapy via a clinical trial to be hugely helpful.
# Pride
'The only time I ever saw him cry was when he recalled the end of his Ireland career'
Bryce Evans and Terry Phelan pay tribute to the late Alan McLoughlin.
Voices
Opinion: Bowel screening is important, particularly for those over 60
Consultant Gastroenterologist Professor Pádraic Mac Mathuna is calling on those aged 60-69 to register for bowel screening.
# Cancer
People waiting over a year for cancer risk tests due to 'overstretched' services, report suggests
Inherited faulty genes play a major role in 5 to 10% of all cancers.
# smear tests
'More heightened anxiety' about proven cervical-cancer treatments since CervicalCheck controversy, says oncologist
“My perception is that there is an increasing reluctance to tend for smears because they just feel there’s relatively little point,” Dr Charles Gillham told TheJournal.ie.
# Back to Work
Half of cancer patients feel diagnosis negatively impacts career, new study shows
There have been calls for a State backed back-to-work scheme for cancer patents.
Voices
Consultant oncologist: 'I've seen more advanced cancer cases presenting since Covid hit last year'
Dr Greg Korpanty of University Hospital Limerick on cancer treatment in Ireland during a pandemic.
# Treatment
Existing drug could treat ‘aggressive’ triple-negative breast cancer – study
The already approved drug could be used to treat more aggressive forms of breast cancer that don’t always respond to traditional chemotherapy.
# RIP
3-time Olympic rowing champion Kathleen Heddle dies at 55
She was the quiet half of a powerful partnership with the outgoing Marnie McBean.