Cancer deaths to cost Ireland €73 billion over the next 20 years

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A paper I worked on at the National Cancer Registry Ireland has been published in the journal BMC Cancer. Together with my collaborators, we estimated that deaths from cancer over the next 20 years will cost the Irish economy €73 billion in lost productivity. When people die from cancer, society loses their contribution to the ...

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 ...

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 ...