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The drugs VHI has committed to providing wider access to include Pembrolizumab, for stage three melanoma, and Pertuzumab (Perjeta) for patients with early stage breast cancer.  Photograph: Istock

Access to new cancer drugs for some private patients, which are unavailable in the public system, has been described as “incredibly unfair” by the Iri(...)

Adding €2 to €3 to the cost of a packet of cigarettes and ring-fencing the revenue for cancer drugs would cover the cost of new treatments, says oncologist Prof John Crown.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Demand for expensive immune system drugs to treat cancers is going to increase because of their effectiveness but costs need to be contained so the wi(...)

Áine Morgan, a singer from Loughrea

When Co Galway musician Áine Morgan was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer 2½ years ago, she wasn’t given too much time. Ms Morgan, who has perf(...)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’s new host, Jeremy Clarkson. Photograph: PR company handout

The Late Late Show Friday, RTÉ 1, 9.35pm As Eurovision mania kicks into gear with Ireland’s Ryan O’Shaughnessy all set to sing Together in the first s(...)

Sean O’Rourke sounds almost jaunty with a real story on his hands

As storm Ophelia hits on Monday, it’s not just national infrastructure and domestic property that’s laid waste by the lethal winds. Among the collater(...)

Women with the HER2-positive strain of the disease had the best prognosis because of the “colossal impact”of Herceptin and chemotherapy: Photograph: F Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd/PA Wire

Women with metastatic, or secondary, breast cancer face a better outlook than they would have in the past, according to a leading cancer specialist. (...)

Prof John Crown has called on St Vincent’s University Hospital to declare its independence. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Leading medical experts have called on the board of St Vincent’s University Hospital to provide public assurances that the facility operates independe(...)

Illustration of the  new National Maternity Hospital, plans for which have been thrown into jeopardy on Friday evening.

The planned move of the National Maternity Hospital to a religious-owned site at St Vincent’s Hospital is in jeopardy after the board of St Vincent’s (...)

Gerard Mooney, principal at Synge Street primary school in Dublin 8.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s one of Ireland’s best-known schools, with an impressive roll call of past pupils such as Gay Byrne, Eddie Jordan, Eamonn Andrews and former presi(...)

 Minister for Health Simon Harris said Dr Bertuzzi, who is from Italy, was employed on a locum contract to provide cover to sarcoma patients on behalf of  another consultant oncologist who had taken on the role of chair of the Irish clinical oncology research group. Photograph: Collins

Sarcoma patients are protesting outside the headquarters of the HSE in support of the continued employment of a specialist whose contract expires toda(...)

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