Thank you for an amazing Cancer Week!

Thank you for an amazing Cancer Week!

A huge thank you to everyone who got involved in Cancer Week Ireland 2016, held 17-23 October last.

Now in its third year, the week was a big success, with organisations and members of the public coming together across the country to talk about cancer.

The theme of Cancer Week Ireland 2016 was ‘New Frontiers in Personalised Cancer Care’. Clubs, community groups and organisations were encouraged to host an event that would start a conversation about cancer. The resulting call to action led to 40 events being posted on involving more than 1,000 participants, with talks, workshops and conferences taking place for young and old across the week.

2016 was the first year that Cancer Week Ireland aimed to be a truly nationwide initiative.

Among the events that took place in Cancer Week 2016 were:

Living Well with Cancer 2016Living Well with Cancer, the annual National Conference for Cancer Survivorship organised by the Irish Cancer Society, where anyone who has been affected by cancer had the opportunity to gain insight and practical advice that can make a difference in their daily lives.

The tenth International Cancer Conference, hosted by Trinity College Dublin, where an outstanding group of international speakers gave talks on advances in cancer prevention, immunotherapy, surgical oncology, radiotherapy
and targeted therapeutics.

RCSI A Day in the Life of a Cancer ResearcherRCSI’s ‘A Day in the Life of a Cancer Researcher’, where primary school pupils got a chance to see what it’s like to be a cancer researcher through interactive workshops and activities.

BREAST-PREDICT’s Cancer Week Symposium, including international guest speakers in the oncology research field.

UCD’s ‘Patient Voice in Cancer Research II’ examined how patients/survivors that wish to be involved in research have an opportunity to be included.

breast-predict-symposiumA Mini Symposium hosted by RCSI and the Centre for Systems Medicine, where RCSI Principal Investigators presented an overview of their cancer research.

DCU MedEx’s Public Seminar on its Cancer Care Programme, which highlighted the important role of exercise in the management of cancer.

Purple House’s ‘Open Morning’, where the public were invited to see ‘behind the scenes’ of the Wicklow-based cancer support centre.

Blood Cancer Network Ireland’s information evening on blood cancers, featuring expert and patient voices on advances in treatment of these cancers.

bcniMore events are listed here. However, if you organised your own event but didn’t get the chance to let us know about it, please get in touch to tell us about it and how it went!

Whether you hosted or attended a Cancer Week event, we’d love to get your feedback. As an organiser, how did you find planning and promoting the event? Did you find there was interest in the topics the event was about? As an attendee, did you find the event’s content interesting or relevant to you? How do you think events like these could be improved in the future?

Also, if you took any photos from the events which you’d be happy for us to use on the Cancer Week Ireland website, we’d love to receive them!

For your event information, feedback and event photos, please email us on

An initiative of the Irish Cancer Society and Trinity College Dublin, we now hope to build on the success of this year’s week to make Cancer Week bigger and better in the years ahead.

But we can’t do this without you. Whether it’s a school talk or workplace activity, a
coffee mornin
g or evening chat, we’d love you to get involved in Cancer Week next year by hosting an event in your local community.

In the coming months we’ll be back in touch to let you know the dates for Cancer Week 2017. We’ll also be updating with information and photos from this year’s events, so stay posted!

Now that we’ve started, let’s continue the conversation about cancer!

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