Patients with active cancers are being seen and getting treatment, according to the Irish Cancer Society. File photograph: Getty

Why is Covid-19 a big risk for people with cancer? The Covid-19 pandemic is immensely challenging and distressing for people with cancer, but also fo(...)

Supplies of tamoxifen, used in the treatment of breast cancer, in short supply due to manufacturing delays. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Health Service Executive has sought to reassure cancer patients about supplies of tamoxifen as supplies of the drug run short internationally. It(...)

The research  says there is a need to improve the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of such trials. Photograph: iStock

Almost half of cancer drug trials supporting new treatments over a three year period had a high risk of bias that may show effects were exaggerated, a(...)

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(...)

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