Dublin to host cancer survivors' event

Dublin to host cancer survivors' event

Up to 800 cancer survivors and their families are expected to attend a free two-day event in Dublin this September.

The National Conference for Cancer Survivorship will take place on September 20 and 21 at the Aviva Stadium, with the theme 'Living Well with Cancer'.

More than 60% of Irish people diagnosed with cancer in Ireland survive for five years or longer.

Although the number of cancer cases is increasing in Ireland, with around 100,000 people living with the disease, advances in early detection and treatment have led to more people going on to live a normal and healthy life.

Olwyn Ryan, Patients Support Services Manager at the Irish Cancer Society said: “The transition from cancer patient to cancer survivor can be difficult for those on a cancer journey.

“While many people adapt well, others experience problems in adjusting to life after a cancer diagnosis.

“Access to information and support to deal with issues such as fear of the cancer coming back, financial strain and long-term side-effects of treatment is vital.

“The aim of this unique conference is to identify the issues and support patients and those close to them need to make the necessary adjustments in order to live as well as they can following a diagnosis.

“Delegates will be offered the opportunity to engage with experts in the field of cancer with a particular emphasis on psycho-social adjustment and keeping well into the future.

“Bringing survivors together so that they may befriend, help and support each other is a powerful way of improving the lives of those living with cancer.”

The two-day programme includes practical information on treatment advances, dealing with fatigue, exercise and diet as well as dealing with the emotional and psychological effects of cancer.

There will also be separate tracks for healthcare professionals and affiliated support groups.

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