IPSON plan to meet three times throughout 2018 to support the implementation of the National Cancer Strategy recommendations. The next meeting is on Tuesday 9th October 1:00 to 3:00 in The Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Ireland with about 20,000 new cases annually and a projected increase of 107% by 2020 compared with 2000. While about 7,500 people die each year, cancer treatments are increasingly more effective and currently up to 60% of patients treated are cured; many of the other 40% requires long term palliative symptom management and quality of life issues are central to their care.
Currently there are approximately 120,000 cancer survivors in Ireland. However, Ireland performs poorly by international standards in relation to cancer risk, incidence, survival and psycho-social care.
IPSON is committed to changing the current situation and will prioritise the following key objectives: