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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Irish Cancer Society

This month
January 2023
# Hospital overcrowding
Tánaiste says governance and management issues within overall HSE need evaluation
The organisation is concerned that those in cancer treatment will put off contacting their cancer teams due to fears of being admitted through EDs.
Last month
December 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”.
Last year
2022
# 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.’
# Irish Cancer Society
Calls for Govt to fix maternity leave issues for mothers diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy
Approximately 60 women are impacted by the legislation every year, according to the Society.
# Irish Cancer Society
Daffodil Day fundraiser to return in-person next month for the first time since Covid-19
The annual fundraiser will be back in-person on 25 March after two years online.
# 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.
# cost of cancer
Debt collectors calling on cancer patients is 'immoral and must stop', say TDs
There is cross-party support for a motion that calls for the scrapping of €80 inpatient charges and parking charges.
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.
# covid impact
One in five people worried they missed out on diagnosis or treatment due to Covid-19 pandemic
More than one-in-ten (11%) adults did not seek treatment despite feeling unwell during this period.
# daffodil day
Daffodil Day is happening today - and is once again taking donations online
The charity is asking people to donate online, spread awareness and show solidarity with people affected by cancer.
# still waiting
Department of Health can't give timeline for rollout of publicly-funded IVF
Expert says linking IVF funding with the commencement of legislation is a ‘way of putting it off’.
# financial problems
Irish Cancer Society staring at €3.8 million hole in finances due to Covid
To date this year, the society has received €2.8 million in legacy gifts.
# Palliative Care
Increase in cancer patients looking to spend last days at home amid hospital restrictions
The Irish Cancer Society has reported a rise in requests for its home-based palliative care service.
# warning
Reduced cancer services due to Covid-19 pandemic 'unacceptable', says Irish Cancer Society
It was reported today that a Department of Health briefing warns of a major backlog in cancer treatments.
# covid-19 committee
Warning of premature cancer deaths over postponement of screening services
The HSE, the Irish Cancer Society, and the National Treatment Purchase Fund gave submissions to an Oireachtas Special Committee today.
# Irish Cancer Society
Charity urges people to contact GPs as normal with possible cancer symptoms during pandemic
The Irish Cancer Society is worried that people are “putting their lives at risk” by not visiting GPs over symptoms.
# daffodil day
Daff Man has a brand new suit - but you might not get to see it out and about for a while
Daffodil Day is cancelled, but James Gilleran is hoping people will give what they can.
# Coronavirus
Irish Cancer Society to fund remote counselling for people who can't have face-to-face sessions due to Covid-19
The service is available to both adults and children who are affected by cancer.
# Top man
Conan Byrne undertakes 42km marathon walk to Dublin's football grounds
The former winger is out raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society today.
# vaping
'We're on to you': Harris says flavoured e-cigarettes target children and he wants them banned
Some vaping packaging is trying to make it attractive to children, according to the health minister.
# new report
'We even lost our house': Cancer patients facing crippling costs of as much as €1,000 a month
A new report from the Irish Cancer Society suggests cancer patients are also facing huge losses in earnings.
# cancer treatment
Irish research on type of breast cancer may have found new treatment approach
One in eight breast cancer patients have a particular form that is difficult to treat.
# National Cancer Registry
Irish men at higher risk of getting cancer and dying from it than women
After non melanoma skin cancer, the most common cancers in men are prostate cancer, bowel cancer and lung cancer.
# cancer survivor supports
Minister: 'We need to start talking openly about fertility, sex and life in general post-cancer'
Today, Simon Harris launched the National Cancer Survivorship Needs Assessment, called Living With and Beyond Cancer in Ireland.
# inequality
Private cancer patients getting access to drugs that public patients can't get is 'incredibly unfair'
The Irish Cancer Society said that lifesaving medicines should be available to everyone who could benefit from them, not just people with private health insurance.
# daffodil day
Paying tribute: 'Daff Man' on how he and his partner were supported by cancer nurses
‘Daff Man’ James Gilleran is marking 25 years collecting for the Irish Cancer Society.
# lung cancer awareness
'All of a sudden she has a mass on her left lung': Former NFL player Chris Draft on losing his wife to lung cancer
He was speaking as part of the Irish Cancer Society’s Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign.
# Health
'This doesn't need to continue': Concerns over 'worrying' rise in lung cancer diagnoses made in A&E
Recent data revealed that one in four lung cancer diagnoses are made in emergency departments.
# debt collectors
Irish Cancer Society calls on HSE to stop referring patients' debt to collection agencies
The Irish Cancer Society is today publishing advice for patients on how best to deal with the charges.
# Public Health Alcohol Bill
Cancer warning labels on alcohol products will not be ditched from Public Health Alcohol Bill
There were reports that warnings on alcohol products linking excessive consumption to fatal cancers were to be removed.
# nutrition
Celebrity-endorsed fad diets 'can do real damage to cancer patients'
The Irish Cancer Society wants to debunk some of the myths that exist around cancer.
# worth knowing
Did you know males are at an equal risk of HPV as females? If you did you're in the minority
Two thirds of people don’t realise that males and females are at an equal risk of contracting a HPV infection.
# bills
'I didn't need that additional fear': Hospital debt collectors 'causing stress' to cancer patients
The Irish Cancer Society has called for the abolition of inpatient fees in the next Budget.
# Palliative Care
'It allows the family to just be a family': Campaign to raise funds for cancer charity night nurses
Last year the Irish Cancer Society’s night nursing service provided 7,345 nights of care to 1,818 patients around the country.
# cancer screening
Shift to HPV testing 'could eliminate cervical cancer in Irish women in a generation'
The change could lead to more cases being detected and more deaths being avoided, experts say.
# Be prepared
Do you work indoors? Here's why you need to be wary of the sun - even when it's cloudy out
People are being warned that their skin can still be damaged on cloudy days.
# smear test scandal
'This is a painful time for women': Over 10,000 calls made to CervicalCheck helpline
The number of women affected by the smear test scandal has increased from 208 to 209.
# smear tests
Vicky Phelan says CervicalCheck inquiry must be done urgently and in public
The Irish Cancer Society has said its helpline has been inundated with calls from women, some of whom are “extremely distressed”.
# Bowel Cancer
4,184 patients waiting over 3 months to get tested for second most common cancer death in Ireland
Every year in Ireland more than 1,000 people die from bowel cancer.
# CANCER AWARENESS
'If you think you have a symptom, get checked - bowel cancer is a silent killer'
It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this month.