From left, Patricia McColgan, one of the founders of CanCare4Living, Dr Julianne Byrne, Boyne Research Institute, and Garry Owens, CanCare4Living’s co-founder.

To be diagnosed twice with different forms of cancer before the age of 10 is an incredibly cruel twist of fate. But Lisa Comer is making the best of l(...)

Daniel Rogan (6) from Strabane in Co Tyrone was referred to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital for  a bone marrow stem cell transplant, from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Belfast.   Photograph: Ciara Wilkinson

It is a “no-brainer” for the HSE to employ a consultant to treat children needing stem cell transplants in Dublin rather than, as is the current pract(...)

Prof Owen Smith, haematologist, and Dr Michael Capra, oncologist, at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin: certain treatments abroad are “giving hope we believe is unrealistic. In some cases I have said, what you are doing will harm your child”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some treatments offered abroad “give hope which we believe is unrealistic and without foundation”, say two of Ireland’s leading children’s doctors.In (...)

Last week a national news story broke that made me feel a jarring sense of personal guilt. Well, perhaps guilt is an overstatement, but after r(...)