New projects on follow-up of cancer patients

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There is little information on the long-term follow-up of cancer patients in Ireland. Two projects, in which the National Cancer Registry is a partner, and plays an important role, propose to remedy this for prostate cancer and for some blood cancers. The project on prostate cancer, the Irish Prostate Cancer Outcomes Registry (IPCOR) is headed by Dr David Galvin, a urologist in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin. The IPCOR initiative is funded by the Irish Cancer Society and the Movember Foundation. National Cancer Registry staff will collect a wide range of information on patients diagnosed with prostate cancer, including patient-reported outcome data for up to five years after diagnosis. The pilot phase has just ended and national data collection will begin soon. The second project, the Blood Cancer Network, is headed by Dr Michael O’Dwyer, a haematologist in University Hospital Galway, and proposes a similar follow-up plan for patients with a number of haematological (blood) cancers. The project will work closely with the All-Ireland Co-Operative Oncology Research Group (ICORG) and is being funded by the Irish Cancer Society and Science Foundation Ireland. This project will begin later this year.

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