Women’s Cancer Survivorship: Supporting and Innovating for Change

By: Dr Frances Drummond | Posted on: 19 Mar 2020

Women’s Cancer Survivorship: Supporting and Innovating for Change
Prof Roisin Connolly, Professor Gerald O'Sullivan Chair in Cancer Research

Start year: 2020

Principal Investigators: Prof Roisin Connolly

Host Institution: Cork University Hospital and The Institute of Cancer Research, Royal Marsden Hospital Trust, London 

Cancer type: Breast and Gynaecological Cancers

Linked Breakthrough Research Priorities: 1, 3, 6

 

This Women’s Cancer Survivorship initiative consists of a multidisciplinary team funded by Breakthrough Cancer Research and the Irish cancer Society.  The aim of this 2 year project is to develop a nurse-led Women’s Cancer Survivorship Clinic within the HSE South/South West hospital group.  This clinic will span the hospital system, community services community services (e.g Arc House) and the Irish Cancer Society funded Daffodil Service on site at the CUH and international survivorship efforts.

 

The goal of this clinic is to identify and manage important symptoms experienced by women impacted by effects of cancer treatment. These will include psycho-oncology, cancer related fatigue, sexual health issues including menopausal symptoms, nutrition and exercise. 

 

This project also aims to educate both patients and clinical teams regarding important survivorship symptoms and their optimal management and to provide easy web-based access to information for patients and clinical teams.  In addition, patient-reported outcomes collected electronically during this 2 year project will be used for research purposes to assess impact of clinical service and current/future patient needs.

 

It is hoped that this clinic will lead to a decrease in the frequency and burden of symptoms among women who have been treated for breast and gynaecological cancer and to improve their quality of life. 

 

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