Eddie Hobbs: New cancer bill is well intentioned but it will fail

Eddie Hobbs: New cancer bill is well intentioned but it will fail

A bill sponsored by Fine Gael TD Kate O Connell TD which is now part of the government legislative pipeline, proposes to ban the promotion of cancer treatments that fail the tests set by current medical knowledge, writes Eddie Hobbs.

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Cancer patients €2k a month out of pocket, report reveals

Cancer patients €2k a month out of pocket, report reveals

The Real Cost of Cancer Report, commissioned by the Society, highlights how ongoing illness disrupts employment, leading to an average drop in income of €1,527 per month.

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World Pancreatic Cancer Day: The signs to look out for

World Pancreatic Cancer Day: The signs to look out for

It can be difficult to diagnose early.

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'Dickie Dip' to see men skinny dip in a bow tie to raise money for cancer

'Dickie Dip' to see men skinny dip in a bow tie to raise money for cancer

A brave brigade of men are stripping off for a skinny-dip - wearing only a dickie-bow.

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€3m bequeathed to Irish Cancer Society in 2018;  Report also shows €826k paid to 7 key managers

€3m bequeathed to Irish Cancer Society in 2018; Report also shows €826k paid to 7 key managers

One North Dublin man bequeathed a total of €715,000 including a house worth around €525,000 to the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) last year.

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Boy, 11, whose service dog won award now fighting cancer

Boy, 11, whose service dog won award now fighting cancer

A young boy with autism who was delighted when his service Dog won the national Nose of Tralee award is now battling an aggressive cancer in hospital.

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Tourist finds out she has breast cancer after ‘odd’ photo at visitor attraction

Tourist finds out she has breast cancer after ‘odd’ photo at visitor attraction

Bal Gill from England noticed an unusual heat coming from her chest in a thermal image at Camera Obscura in Edinburgh.

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Cancer survivor calls on Govt to allow patients get 'wonder drug' which she claims is saving her life

Cancer survivor calls on Govt to allow patients get 'wonder drug' which she claims is saving her life

Sarah Lane Smith (36) whose stage three melanoma returned aggressively twice believes the drug Nivolumab is the reason she has been tumour-free for almost two years.

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Brain tumour patient gains 10 stone and three shoe sizes after treatment

Brain tumour patient gains 10 stone and three shoe sizes after treatment

Jay Cramb said his body weight has almost doubled since surgery for a tumour above his pituitary gland.

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€77m cancer care centre opens in Cork

€77m cancer care centre opens in Cork

Cancer patients living in the south can now avail of some of the most technologically advanced treatments closer to home thanks to a new €77m cancer care centre in Cork.

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Cancer centre opened in Cork hospital marking €77m expansion

Cancer centre opened in Cork hospital marking €77m expansion

The opening of a new Bon Secours Cork Cancer Centre has been described as a "very positive development for Cork and the wider Munster region".

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Ageing with attitude: Life after ovarian cancer

Ageing with attitude: Life after ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer has been dubbed ‘the silent killer’. Christina Henry tells Rowena Walsh why she is one of the lucky ones

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Bill Turnbull urges cannabis law changes after smoking drug for documentary

Bill Turnbull urges cannabis law changes after smoking drug for documentary

The presenter has been using cannabis products during his cancer treatment.

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Cancer patients show their scars in photoshoot

Cancer patients show their scars in photoshoot

Sixteen men and women who have been diagnosed with cancer have taken part in the ‘Defiance’ project, to show strength against the disease

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Phil Hogan announces a 'Beating Cancer Plan' for Europe

Phil Hogan announces a 'Beating Cancer Plan' for Europe

The EU’s trade commissioner-elect Phil Hogan has announced that the incoming European Commission is to launch a major new initiative, the 'Beating Cancer Plan' for Europe.

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‘Special’ immune cells offer hope for triple negative breast cancer patients

‘Special’ immune cells offer hope for triple negative breast cancer patients

Scientists have found that patients with a subtype of gamma delta T cells in breast tissue have higher survival rates.

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Sir Elton John: Nobody knew how close I came to dying

Sir Elton John: Nobody knew how close I came to dying

The music star, discussing his cancer scare, said he is ‘pretty stoic when it comes to pain’.

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Martin Freeman backs campaign to ‘beat cancer at its own game’

Martin Freeman backs campaign to ‘beat cancer at its own game’

The actor has joined a campaign to fight the illness.

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Cancer Society wants Govt to ring-fence funds to tackle men's cancer

Cancer Society wants Govt to ring-fence funds to tackle men's cancer

The Irish Cancer Society is calling on the Government to ring-fence funding specifically for men's cancer services.

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Cancer survival rates rise sharply since ’90s but men still at higher risk than women

Cancer survival rates rise sharply since ’90s but men still at higher risk than women

Five-year survival rates in Ireland for those diagnosed with aggressive cancers have risen sharply since the mid-90s — but men are still far more likely than women to get cancer and to die of it, a study shows.

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Scientists develop test to predict risk level of patient’s melanoma

Scientists develop test to predict risk level of patient’s melanoma

Scientists in the UK have developed a test which can predict whether a melanoma is unlikely to spread or could return.

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Researchers develop test to improve oesophageal cancer treatment

Researchers develop test to improve oesophageal cancer treatment

Ireland has one of the highest rates of that form of cancer in Europe, with an average of 450 cases each year.

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Harney welcomes report on Ennis Hospital

Minister for Health and Children Mary Harney today said she "strongly welcomed" the report of the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) on services at Ennis Hospital.

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Ennis hospital declared unsafe

Ennis General Hospital has been declared unsafe according to a new report from the health watchdog HIQA.

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HSE accused of trying to bury misdiagnosis reports

The HSE is being accused of trying to bury a report on lung cancer errors at two hospitals in the northeast by publishing it on the eve of the US presidential elections.

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Nine patients' lung cancer diagnoses delayed: HSE

Nine patients in Drogheda and Navan hospitals had their diagnosis of lung cancer delayed as a result of radiological missed diagnosis between August 2006 and August 2007, the Health Service Executive has revealed.

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Man facing surgery after cancer misdiagnosis

A man who had been given the all-clear for breast cancer at University College Hospital in Galway a number of years ago will reportedly have to undergo surgery following a review of his tests.

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HIQA publishes terms of reference for Ennis hospital review

A review by the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) of services at Ennis General Hospital will include an examination of communication between staff and patients as well as a review of clincial care at the hospital.

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Ennis next to last in hospital ratings list

Ennis Hospital, which has been dogged by the cancer misdiagnoses controversy of late, has come in second last in an online league of hospitals.

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Harney to meet family of cancer victim Edel Kelly

The family of cancer victim Edel Kelly are to meet Health Minister Mary Harney today.

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Harney advises cancer test women to visit GP

Minister for Health Mary Harney has today outlined the position for women seeking reassurance following a negative diagnosis of breast cancer.

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HSE meets support groups to discuss cancer rechecks

The HSE is meeting cancer support groups this afternoon to brief them about a new initiative for women who are concerned about cancer misdiagnosis.

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Harney refuses to rule out Ennis Hospital downgrading

Health Minister Mary Harney is refusing to rule out the possibility that a new investigation of standards at Ennis General Hospital could lead to a downgrading of services.

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Harney announces inquiry into cancer services at Ennis General

An independent inquiry is to be carried out in to cancer services at Ennis General Hospital in Co Clare.

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Drumm confirms third cancer misdiagnosis in Ennis

HSE chief executive Brendan Drumm has confirmed that the organisation is investigating a third suspected breast cancer misdiagnosis at Ennis General Hospital.

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Parents to seek inquiry into latest cancer misdiagnosis

The family at the centre of the latest cancer misdiagnosis controversy is expected to call for an independent inquiry into the case later today.

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Harney to meet widower of misdiagnosed woman today

The Minister for Health is to meet today with Karl Henry, whose wife died after her breast cancer was misdiagnosed last year.

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Management 'warned years ago' about Drogheda mistakes

Management 'warned years ago' about Drogheda mistakes

The Government is facing further opposition attack over the health services this week following revelations that a senior consultant warned about the state of radiology services in Drogheda seven years ago.

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Thousands of patients affected by cancer misdiagnosis scare

Some 4,500 patients at the centre of a cancer misdiagnoses scare tonight faced a further agonising wait after the Health Service Executive admitted a double blunder.

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Europe Donna calls for action following cancer report

Europa Donna Ireland, the independent charity working to raise awareness of breast cancer, says the recommendations of the latest reports on the failings of the breast cancer care systems need to be rapidly implemented.

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'Once-off error' blamed for Rebecca O'Malley misdiagnosis

A "once-off interpretive error by a locum consultant pathologist in Cork University Hospital (CUH)" has been blamed for the misdiagnosis of cancer sufferer Rebecca O’Malley.

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Top medic's letter raised cancer fears years ago

Fears were raised almost six years ago about the standard of breast cancer care in the Midlands, it emerged today.

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Opposition slams HSE 'shambles'

The Labour Party has said today's reports into the breast cancer misdiagnosis scandal in Portlaoise reveal major problems with the HSE in the Midlands.

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Report points to systematic failures in HSE

The beleaguered Health Service Executive suffered one of its most damaging assessments today after a review revealed systematic failings from top to bottom.

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Harney: Cancer scandal should never have happened

The Minister for Health Mary Harney has said the anxiety and distress caused to women at the centre of the Portlaoise cancer misdiagnosis scandal should never have happened.

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Cancer report criticises HSE communications failures

A report into the handling of the breast cancer misdiagnosis scandal in Portlaoise has identified system failures within the HSE.

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HSE to publish reports into Portlaoise cancer scandal

The Health Service Executive is due to publish a series of reports today into the cancer misdiagnosis scandal at the Midland Regional Hospital in Portlaoise.

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Govt to unveil cancer misdiagnosis reports tomorrow

Two reports into the cancer misdiagnosis scandal at Portlaoise Hospital will be published tomorrow, the Taoiseach confirmed tonight.

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Harney to publish Portlaoise cancer screening crisis report

Minister for Health Mary Harney has today said that she will be publishing one of the reports into the cancer screening crisis at Portlaoise Hospital in the next few days.

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Harney studying breast cancer misdiagnosis report

A long-awaited report into the misdiagnosis of nine Midlands women for breast cancer will be published as soon as possible, the Tánaiste told the Dáil today.

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Women to sue HSE over cancer misdiagnosis

A number of women caught up in the cancer misdiagnosis scandal at Portlaoise Hospital are reportedly planning to sue the Health Service Executive.

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Cancer misdiagnosis report delayed

The publication of a report into the circumstances surrounding the misdiagnosis of a Co Tipperary woman, who was falsely given the all-clear for breast cancer, has been deferred until next month.

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Check background of all health workers, says Labour

The Labour Party is calling for all health service employees to be fully reference checked before they are allowed to take up their positions.

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Dr Reilly 'still assessing possibility of more misdiagnosis'

Doctor James Reilly told reporters today that he is still seeking to establish whether more cases of misdiagnosis in cancer have occurred.

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Women protest at Dáil for country-wide cancer care

The National Women's Council of Ireland will protest outside the Dail today in a mark of solidarity with women affected by the breast cancer scandal.

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Fermoy cumann meet to discuss rebel TD O’Keefe

Members of Fermoy Fianna meet tonight to discuss the situation which occurred last week when Deputy Ned O’Keeffe abstained in a crucial Dáil vote.

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Fewer than 25% blame Harney for cancer crisis

Fewer than 25% of people blame Minister for Health Mary Harney for the recent cancer crisis in the health service, according to a survey by Irishhealth.com.

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Reilly slams HSE attitude to vetting of doctors

Fine Gael TD James Reilly has slammed the HSE's attitude towards ensuring that hospital doctors are competent enough to do their job.

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Harney survives vote of no confidence

Minister for Health Mary Harney tonight survived a vote of no confidence over her handling of a crisis in breast cancer services.

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Opposition anger at delay in cancer diagnosis report

The Opposition today rounded on the Government after it emerged a report probing the misdiagnoses of cancer patients must receive legal clearance before publication.

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