Donegal Action for Cancer Care
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Donegal Action for Cancer Care

Mission Statement:
“Equal Access for Equal Need”

The primary aim of DACC is to ensure the people of Donegal have access to world class cancer services whilst ensuring the retention and development of all cancer services at 

        Letterkenny University Hospital.

       Central to DACC is best practice quality care for cancer patients. 

Contact DACC- Email:      Telephone: 00 353 74 91 28 400

Irish Cancer Society News Date: 12 Jan 2011
Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign
Lung cancer patients should now be seen by specialist within two weeks of referral
Comedian Des Bishop Launches Irish Cancer Society™s Lung Cancer Awareness Campaign 2011

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The outlook for the diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer in Ireland is  now much more positive with a clear diagnosis and treatment plan in  place for patients. At the launch of its 2011 lung cancer awareness  campaign, the Irish Cancer Society outlined how the publication of  referral guidelines for GPs and setting up of rapid access clinics in  the eight designated cancer centres (see note 1 below) means that  patients are being diagnosed faster and start treatment sooner. As part  of the HSE Service Plan 2011, the aim under the National Cancer Control  Programme is that 95% of all patients who attend the rapid access clinic will be offered an appointment within two weeks of referral (see note  2).


New online surgery to help smokers quit

The online surgery - - is open every day until Friday from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 9pm. It is supported by Pfizer.

Most smokers have tried to quit the habit a  number of times and failed. However for this week only, an innovative  ‘online GP surgery' is hoping to help some of those quit the habit for  good. The online surgery is open until Friday, November 12. There are  two sessions each day and during these sessions, a GP will answer  questions from a smoker via a private instant messaging conversation.  The conversation is between the smoker and GP only - nobody else will be able to view the exchange, ensuring patient confidentiality. The GP  will be able to offer advice on the issues raised by the smoker, discuss potential treatment options available and refer the patient to the most appropriate source of help."Many smokers recognise the harmful effects  of smoking and want to stop, but stopping smoking is a very difficult  thing to do and can often take several attempts."I urge people to avail  of this free service and seek professional advice on how to quit, as it  has been shown that getting help from a doctor or other healthcare  professional can double a person's chances of beating nicotine  addiction," said Dublin GP, Dr Ronan Donohoe, who is involved in the  online surgery.The online surgery - - is open every day until Friday from 12pm to 3pm and from 6pm to 9pm.  It is supported by Pfizer. An estimated 7,000 people die every year as a result of smoking-related illnesses.[Posted: Tue 09/11/2010 by Deborah Condon -]




March 15, 2011

Director of the National Cancer Control  Programme has congratulated the Donegal Public Health Nurses who have  become the first nursing group to graduate from the new Community  Oncology Education Programme.The nurses will become the first nurses  nationally to deliver a specific range of cancer services to patients in their own homes.Acknowledging the important role of nurses in the  delivery of cancer services, Dr Susan O™Reilly said she was impressed by the depth of knowledge and experience of oncology nurses in Ireland “  drawing comparisons with international experience and noting that Irish  nurses were on a par with the best in the world.Expressing her delight  in making her first formal visit to the NCCP satellite cancer unit in  Letterkenny, Dr O™Reilly stressed the important link between the  designated cancer centres and the communities they serve.

For the NCCP, this new community oncology  education programme is a key component in the development of cancer  services in the community.According to Dr Marie Laffoy, Community  Oncology Advisor with the NCCP “ “We know that most patients, where  possible, prefer to receive treatment at home. Where it is safe and  appropriate for this to occur we are working to make that happen. “A  major objective of the HSE is to integrate health care between the  community and hospital services. HSE structures have been reconfigured  in an effort to achieve this priority. This way of working will enable  the best possible coordination of patient care, whereby all health  personnel who treat a patient, work together to ensure the best possible patent outcome.“It is a priority for the HSE to maximise its available  resources to the advantage of patient care and outcomes. This includes  the conversion of inpatient work to day case work; a focus on reducing  patient length of stay in acute hospitals; the implementation of  hospital avoidance strategies and the provision of more services in  community settings thus reducing the dependency on inpatient beds.”The  NCCP is working in partnership with the HSE Office for Nursing and  Midwifery Services, acute hospitals, primary care and community care  settings to deliver a safe and seamless medical oncology service to  adult oncology patients. Some oncology patient care can be safely  provided in the community setting.

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DACC want to remind you that-

Politicans and Governments come and go


“Never doubt that a  small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has” Anthropologist Margaret Mead  1901-1978


A Bend In The Road

When we feel we have nothing left to give

and we are sure that the song has ended,
When our day seems over and the shadows fall
and the darkness of night has descended,
Where can we go to find the strength
to valiantly keep on trying?
Where can we find the hand that will dry
the tears that the heart is crying?

There's but one place to go and that is to God,
and dropping all pretense and pride,
We can pour out our problems without restraint
and gain strength with Him at our side.
And together we stand at life's crossroads
and view what we think is the end.

But God has a much bigger vision,
and He tells us it's only a bend,
For the road goes on and is smoother,
and the pause in the song is a rest,
And the part that's unsung and unfinished
is the sweetest and richest and best.

So rest and relax and grow stronger
let go and let God share your load.
Your work is not finished or ended

you've just come to a bend in the road.

Helen Steiner Rice

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