Representatives of Purple House Cancer Support attend the launch of the new National Cancer Strategy by Minister Simon Harris in Iveagh House Dublin on Wednesday 5th July.
The Strategy sets out the framework for the treatment and support of Cancer patients in Ireland for the period 2017-2026
Community based charity Purple House Cancer Support have been heavily involved in helping to shape the community support services aspect of the Strategy which highlights the important role that Cancer Support Centre’s play in the psycho-social support of the Cancer patient.
Speaking on the launch, Veronica O’Leary Director of Services at Purple House & member of the National Cancer Strategy’s Cancer Patient Forum says:
‘A cancer diagnosis can bring many new and challenging changes to normal daily family life. Significant and vital services are provided at Community level by Cancer Support Centres such as Purple House throughout the country. Research has shown that a significant number of cancer patients seek out Cancer Support Centres in their community long after cancer treatment has finished.
While hospital based psycho-oncology services are valuable while within the hospital setting, many cancer survivors need ongoing psychological support and practical help for months and years after their diagnosis to regain their sense of self and rebuild their lives again.’
The recognition of the role that Cancer Support Centre’s play in the treatment of a Cancer patient in the National Cancer Strategy is a vindication of the need for Purple House to set up the first Community based Cancer Support Centre in Ireland back in 1990, which was then known as Bray Cancer Support Centre.
Over the past 27 years the services provided by Purple House have evolved as the needs of Cancer patients have changed.