Monday 18 December 2017

Optimism in cancer care is returning - Irish oncologist

The week begins with the tenth International Cancer Conference and finishes with survivor stories at the ‘Living Well with Cancer’ event at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Stock photo: Getty Images
The week begins with the tenth International Cancer Conference and finishes with survivor stories at the ‘Living Well with Cancer’ event at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Stock photo: Getty Images

Alan O'Keeffe

Scientists and doctors will meet in Trinity College this week to discuss the future of treating cancer.

Personalised targeted therapy, including immunotherapy and genomic profiling, are fundamentally changing the way the disease is treated, according to Dr David Gallagher, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Consultant Medical Geneticist at St James's Hospital, Dublin.

"In the past one to two years, optimism is returning. Treatments that modulate the immune system, effectively turning the person's immune system against their cancer, have produced some remarkable results. These agents are now being combined with targeted treatment," he said.

Now in its third year, Cancer Week is rolling out nationally, aiming to start a national conversation about cancer and how more people are surviving as more advances are made in detection and treatment.

The week begins with the tenth International Cancer Conference and finishes with survivor stories at the 'Living Well with Cancer' event at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Irish Independent

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