Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer stemming from a white blood cell called a plasma cell. Photograph: NUI Galway

Scientists working at Galway’s university have described as “very promising” trials of a new treatment for people newly diagnosed with a serious blood(...)

A child gets the MMR vaccine. There are currently several mumps outbreaks in Ireland. File photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The origins of the word for the disease are lost in time, but most probably come from the “grimace” of the sufferer who finds swallowing painful. Mump(...)

A small sample of cells are tested to see if there may be a cancer-causing mutation. Photograph: iStock

We all inherit traits from our parents, some being more welcome than others. But while there is precious little we can do about the genes passed on to(...)

Arlene and her Dad, Aidan O’Beirne

Everyone is affected by cancer, as we all know someone who has had it. Monday, February 4th, was World Cancer Day – an annual international event to r(...)

As it emerged actor Stephen Fry’s prostate cancer diagnosis sparked a 15% rise in services in England earlier this year, international experts have advised against routine screening for the disease. Photograph: Simon Annand

A panel of international experts has advised against routine testing for prostate cancer for most men because the benefit is “small and uncertain” and(...)

Patients may be convinced by anecdotal or unverified evidence supporting the efficacy of alternative treatments.

In March, 2018, the Spanish Organisation of Medical Colleges created what they called “an observatory against pseudosciences, pseudotherapies, intrusi(...)

Dr Robert O’Connor: “I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, especially the sea.”

Dr Robert O’Connor is head of research at the Irish Cancer Society, the largest NGO funder of Irish cancer research, spending roughly €3 million annua(...)

Brian Herman: ‘I had no symptoms at all apart from the occasional bout of erectile dysfunction which I attributed to my advancing years.’

Almost 3,500 men in Ireland are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and, while the risk of developing the disease increases with age, prognosis i(...)

The Irish College of General Practitioners, when asked if it was aware of GPs promoting LDN as a cancer treatment, said it “only supports evidence-based, specialist-led, multidisciplinary care” for cancer patients.

Irish doctors have been prescribing cancer patients a controversial drug traditionally used in higher doses to combat heroin addiction, the Irish Canc(...)

Senior class at Dance Theatre of Ireland, at Bloomfield Centre, Dún Laoghaire. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Loneliness is often described as being more detrimental to older people’s health than physical illness. But not every older person wants to play bridg(...)

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