Daffodil Centre aims to help all affected by cancer

More than 500 people have benefited from a centre set up to advise people affected or concerned about cancer.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centre at Cork University Hospital is open to everyone and no referral or appointment is needed.

The service was launched last January and was officially opened yesterday by Lord Mayor of Cork, John Buttimer, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Running costs for 2013 are being met by Musgrave and their retail partners, SuperValu and Centra.

Those visiting the centre include cancer patients, their partners, family and friends and people generally concerned about cancer or who want to reduce their risk of getting it.

Irish Cancer Society chief executive John McCormack said the service was not just for sufferers. “It is for their families and friends and anyone else who has a concern or question about cancer.”

The society has eight Daffodil Centres in hospitals in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Patient Elizabeth Hynes praised the services the centre offers. “It came as a huge shock to me when I was diagnosed with pulmonary and breast cancer. It was only when I left the doctor’s office that I thought of all the questions I should have asked, I was so confused.

“I saw the Daffodil Centre in the hospital and went into speak to the nurse. She explained my diagnosis to me in simple language and gave me information on what was going to happen next. She really helped me see how I could cope and live with cancer. I am so thankful that the centre was there that day.”

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