Press Release

The Changing Pathway of Care for Patients with Breast Cancer

Mr. Sean Power, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children today, (28 January 2005) attended the 2nd National Nursing Conference in Breast Care – The Changing Pathway of Care for Patients with Breast Cancer at the Nurse Education Centre, The Adelaide and Meath Hospital incorporating Children’s Hospital, Dublin.

In his address, the Minister said that breast cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in Irish women but on a positive note more women than ever before are surviving breast cancer. He commended the dedication of nursing staff in caring for people affected by breast disease and also acknowledge the essential role of the Irish Cancer Society in supporting people with this disease and their families.

“Since 1997 there has been a cumulative additional investment of approximately € 710 million in the development of cancer services in Ireland. This has enabled the funding of 106 additional consultant posts and 245 clinical nurse specialists in the cancer services area” stated Minister Power.

The Minister also stated, a new National Cancer Strategy is currently being developed, which will make recommendations in relation to the organisation of cancer services nationally. Members of the public have been given the opportunity to make submissions through advertisements placed in the media.

Finally, the Minister thanked Action Breast Cancer (a project of the Irish Cancer Society) for supporting this event and acknowledged the continuing development of their services.