Is prostate cancer follow-up by GPs more efficient than hospital based care?

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After treatment for prostate cancer, men have ongoing follow-up to monitor for the cancer returning, and to manage any treatment side effects. Traditionally, this follow-up is done by specialist clinicians in the hospital setting, but the growing number of prostate cancer survivors means this is not sustainable. Evidence suggests that follow-up by a GP, instead ...

Research into costs of cancer follow-up wins MASCC conference award

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Dr Alison Pearce has won a Young Investigator of the Year Award at the Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer, hosted by the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) and the International Society of Oral Oncology (ISOO). The Young Investigator of the Year Awards recognise outstanding young investigators’ research accomplishments. The award was ...

The cost to society for time off work after head and neck cancer

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When people take time off work because of cancer, society loses their contribution to the economy. Our new study looks at different ways of valuing this contribution. Most people with cancer take some time off work for treatment, recuperation and rehabilitation. As well as impacting on a person’s sense of identity and quality of life, ...

Returning to work after head and neck cancer

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A new paper published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship by researchers at the National Cancer Registry investigates the patterns of return to work in people with head and neck cancer. The study looked at people diagnosed with head and neck cancer who had been working at the time of diagnosis.  It found that while ...

Article published in The Conversation

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Cancer rates are set to double in Ireland by 2040 – here’s why By Alison Pearce, National Cancer Registry Ireland and Harry Comber, National Cancer Registry Ireland The latest projections from the National Cancer Registry show that the number of new cancer cases being diagnosed each year in Ireland is expected to double by 2040. ...

Review finds costs of cancer-related premature mortality are rising

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A review of the premature mortality costs associated with cancer has found that these costs are substantial, and appear to be rising. Premature mortality costs are one component of the societal impact that cancer has on the economic health of a country, on top of the obvious population health burden. These costs to society are related ...

Selecting a wage growth rate for economic evaluations in an uncertain economy

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Selecting a wage growth rate for economic evaluations in an uncertain economy
When doing economic evaluation you often need to forecast into the future.  And when projecting about earnings, you need to account for changes in the economy (for example, inflation). I am currently working on a study examining productivity losses associated with cancer in Ireland, and need to account for wage growth in the future.  But ...

ISPOR 2013 Posters

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I am attending the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) conference in Dublin on the 2nd to the 6th of November. As part of this I am presenting two posters related to my PhD. 1. Can administrative data predict chemotherapy adverse events? 2. Australian standard costs and consequences of four chemotherapy adverse events. ...

Getting started with social media to promote your research

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Imagine a newspaper where you get to choose the sections to include (front page, finance, politics, entertainment, sport etc), and also who writes the articles in each section…  Welcome to twitter… Is twitter a social media fad for tween girls to share their love of Justin Bieber, or is it a social media tool that ...

Comparing the Australian and Irish Cancer Registries

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Having just moved from Australia to Ireland to do a post-doc at the National Cancer Registry, I was interested in comparing the Australian and Irish cancer registration systems.  Both countries have excellent cancer registries, with some similarities as well as differences between them.  A table comparing the features of each system is below, but the primary differences ...