Press Release

Minister Brian Lenihan opens the World Conference of the International Confederation of Children´s Cancer Parents Organisations

Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today (3 October 2003) formally launched the World Conference of the International Confederation of Children’s Cancer Parents Organisations (ICCCPO) at Barretstown Castle.

The conference brings together leading international experts from around the world to address issues of common interest for parents of children with cancer. It provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and ideas that will ultimately benefit these children and their families. The approach adopted is a proven and successful platform that seeks to share information and develop improved links with health professionals.

Speaking at Barretstown Castle, the Minister said “I am very pleased that Ireland has been chosen to host this year’s conference. This work is of particular importance given the heavy burden of childhood cancer on families. Through this international network, member parent organisations can engage with each other and share information, experiences and coping strategies that work. This in turn will develop better links between parents and health care professionals. The key concept is partnership and this must underpin the future development of quality cancer services.”

Minister Lenihan referred to the new National Cancer Strategy which is currently being developed by the National Cancer Forum. He said that the Strategy would build on the progress to date and set out the areas for future investment. The Strategy will also address all aspects of paediatric oncology, a key priority in the development of cancer services.