Search

24/10/2021

Information day on cancer trials in Dooradoyle

Information day on cancer trials in Dooradoyle

Anthony Foley with Maureen O’Grady, Dr Linda Coate and Breda Fallon

A CANCER patient has said taking part in a clinical trial at University Hospital Limerick was “a last option for me but one which has allowed me to see my children grow up when there was a time I was being told that would never happen”.

The patient spoke to highlight International Clinical Trials Day, which took place on Friday, and to encourage patients to sign up for suitable trials.

Supporting the campaign is Munster head coach Anthony Foley, who is a member of the board at the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.

He said was “delighted” to support the cause.

“It is heartening to see that patients and staff at the cancer centre in UHL are taking part in the fight against cancer in this region and around the world. It is part of an international effort to understand and treat cancer, to increase survival rates and quality of life.

“All cancer drugs start out as experimental and the benefits of clinical trials are obvious in exposing patients to drugs that are otherwise unavailable,” he enthused.

The patient, Marie, who is a mother-of-two, was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2010.

Maureen O'Grady, Clinical Nurse Manager, Clinical Trials Unit, Cancer Services, UHL said that new and effective approaches “cannot be developed without cancer trials.

“All cancer treatments used today were once tested through a cancer trial. Cancer trials allow access to new drugs and treatments and help us increase our knowledge on the best way to deliver these treatments. By taking part in a cancer trial patients help to test new ways to detect and treat cancer,” she added.

Dr Linda Coate, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Director of the Clinical Trials Unit, Cancer Services, said: “Currently in Cancer Services, UHL, we have 290 patients under our care participating in 35 trials.

“We act as an Irish referral site for a number of exciting therapeutic trials.”

To continue reading this article, please register and log in.


Registration is free and you can also sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with your latest local news!

Register
Final countdown for club pride in Limerick

‘Up the Balbec!’ Pupils from Scoil Mocheallog, Kilmallock cheering on the boys in green and (below) Sixth class pupils from Patrickswell NS cheering on their team | PICTURES: Adrian Butler

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.