Breast reconstruction options

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For many cancer patients undergoing mastectomies, reconstructive breast surgery can seem like a first step to reclaiming their bodies. An article which appeared last December in the New York Times states that “Even as… Continue reading

Ireland’s first psycho-oncology degree

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Good news for those  of us hoping to see an improvement in the holistic care of cancer patients in Ireland. DCU’s School of Nursing have launched Ireland’s first degree in psycho-oncology, Graduate Diploma/MSc in Psycho-oncology.… Continue reading

Highlighting Cancer

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Cancer surgery is tricky because you don’t want to miss any cancer, but you also don’t want to cut healthy tissue. Now doctors are testing a new technique that uses a safe chemical… Continue reading

The language of cancer

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Recently I attended the Irish Cancer Society Cancer Support Conference where the key-note address was given by inspirational speaker, Chris Moon. Chris, who is a double amputee and former army officer discussed the best way… Continue reading

Aggressive treatment for early breast cancer

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A particularly fast-growing form of breast cancer should be treated aggressively after surgery even when tumors are very small, according to recent research that could dramatically alter treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer. The… Continue reading

Irish scientist behind cancer research breakthrough

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AN IRISH scientist has published groundbreaking research that could offer new hope in the efforts to develop an effective treatment for cancer. Dr Catherine Hogan, who is originally from Co Cork, has been… Continue reading

The needs of cancer survivors ignored

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I came across the following UK survey which supports what I have been saying about the post treatment period of  cancer and echoes the experience of cancer survivors in Ireland too. People living with… Continue reading

Physically fit women less likely to die from breast cancer

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Physically fit women are less likely to die from breast cancer, according to a study by researchers at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health. The findings are published in… Continue reading

New study on removal of margins of breast tumour

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Removing large margins of surrounding healthy tissue when operating on a breast tumour is not of benefit, according to new analysis carried out by Dublin-based researchers. Recent decades have seen a move towards… Continue reading

Dealing with the fear of cancer recurrence

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Today I had my annual check up at St Lukes’ Hospital. I always feel apprehensive when I enter the doors of the hospital, sit in the waiting area and finally sit on that hospital bed, waiting… Continue reading