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Cancer programme outlines priorities for 2011



The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) has received €11 million in funding for 2011. The funding will go towards the opening of the new radiotherapy centres in Dublin; the appointment of new theatre nurses in the designated cancer centres across the country and also includes funding for the bowel cancer screening programme.


The opening of the two new radiotherapy centres, the St Lukes Radiation Oncology Centres at St James’s and Beaumont Hospitals, and the ongoing service being delivered at St Luke’s Hospital, Dublin, represent the most significant development for the Programme in 2011, a spokesperson for the NCCP told IMN.

The HSE Service Plan states that the development of specialist cancer centres will continue in 2011 with the centralisation of prostate cancer surgery, rectal surgery and upper gastrointestinal surgery. Other plans for 2011 include linking a satellite unit in Cork University Hospital to the National Centre for Pancreatic Surgery, in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, the completion of round one breast screening in the HSE South and West, and the development of rapid access clinics for lung and urology cancer in remaining specialist centres.

Meanwhile, a rapid access prostate clinic was recently opened at Waterford Regional Hospital (WRH) by HSE Chairman Dr Frank Dolphin. The establishment of the clinic means that there will no longer be a need to admit such patients to a day ward bed at WRH, as they will access this service directly, being admitted and discharged from the prostate cancer suite. This will result in increased day-bed capacity at the hospital, said a HSE spokesperson.


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