13 Aug 2022

Support for sufferers of secondary cancer

People in Kilkenny recently diagnosed with secondary cancer are invited to take part in Irish Cancer Society support programme in Dublin.

People in Kilkenny recently diagnosed with secondary cancer are invited to take part in Irish Cancer Society support programme in Dublin.

The Irish Cancer Society has launched a new programme to help those recently diagnosed with secondary cancer to learn about and discuss the practical and emotional issues of their diagnosis in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. The six-month programme which will be facilitated by clinical psychologist, Aine Melinn will commence in March 2013 and meetings will take place at the Irish Cancer Society headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Deirdre Murphy, patient support groups coordinator at the Irish Cancer Society, is encouraging people right across the country to take part.

“We are acutely aware of how vulnerable people with a secondary cancer diagnosis can feel and how they are often overwhelmed by feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness and anger,” she said.

“People can feel very isolated and alone in trying to cope with their unique psychological and social issues and need very special support in dealing with and communicating their emotions to their partners, family and especially their children. Our facilitator, Aine Melinn is a registered clinical and education psychologist and has worked in health services in a GP practice and with organisations like the Irish Cancer Society, that support people with health issues, for 30 years.

“In addition to sessions on communications during the six-month programme, there will also be sessions on advances in treatments, the side effect profile of treatments, diet, mindfulness, reflexology, relaxation and sessions led by other experts in advising and supporting those with secondary cancer. Most importantly however people with secondary cancer will get to meet other people with a similar diagnosis which can provide tremendous support in itself,” said Ms Murphy.

People recently diagnosed with secondary cancer should contact 01-2310 500 or email to discuss their interest in joining the group and availing of this programme, which will start in March this year, in more detail. The programme will be repeated in September 2013. These programmes will be kindly supported by Novartis Oncology.

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