A new Irish Cancer council has been announced.
The organisation, which was established in 2015, will run the entire cancer care for people with a cancer diagnosis and will help patients who can’t afford treatment and those who cannot afford to pay for it.
The Irish Cancer Alliance will provide the resources for patients and their families to have a voice and a say in the health care system and will also assist with the planning and running of the council.
The new Cancer Council will be based in the heart of Dublin and the first meeting of the organisation will take place on October 2.
The Council’s new president will be Dr Catherine O’Connor, who has worked for the Cancer Alliance in the UK for 15 years.
She said the new Cancer Alliance would provide a model for all other cancer organisations across the country.
“This is a great opportunity for us to share the wealth of knowledge we have in cancer with people who are suffering and to ensure that we are working with them as a network rather than as a single organisation,” she said.
“I am excited about the opportunities for collaboration and partnership that will be created.”
We want to create a model that will enable cancer to be a collaborative, caring and sustainable cancer care system for people across Ireland and for patients around the world.
“The cancer care and caregiving we have seen in this country is so good and we are proud of that.”
It’s important to us that we make sure we don’t forget that we have a role to play in ensuring that people with cancer can get the care they need.
“So, the Cancer Council’s work will be focused on cancer care, prevention and care.
It will also have the power to support cancer patients and families, with the hope that they will benefit from the care we provide.”
Ms O’Connors work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in partnership with Cancer Care Ireland.
The new Cancer Board will include people from the Irish community, local authority and community groups.