11.11.2014 Cancer Information and Support Centre, affiliated by the Irish Cancer Society

The Cancer Information and Support Centre, based in University Hospital Limerick has been affiliated with the Irish Cancer Society.

Affiliation to the Irish Cancer Society enables the Centre to share best practice and to access advice and expertise.  It allows staff from UHL to participate in a range of approved training programmes to improve the quality and delivery of patient care.   The UHL team also have an opportunity to take part in a range of research programmes supported by the Irish Cancer Society.

Professor Gupta UHL; Maria Keane, Cancer Support Centre; Dorothy Thomas, Irish Cancer Society and Cathaoirleach Cllr Kevin Sheahan

Professor Gupta UHL; Maria Keane, Cancer Support Centre; Dorothy Thomas, Irish Cancer Society and Cathaoirleach Cllr Kevin Sheahan.

 

The Cancer Information Centre offers patients and their families’ practical information and emotional support in a friendly environment.  The Support Centre is focused on offering a range of psychosocial care as part of our multi-disciplinary approach in managing patients with cancer and minimising the distress to them. 

Professor Gupta, Director of Cancer Services, commented “We are delighted to be affiliated to the Irish Cancer Society once again.  The partnership with the Society is key to our focus on continuing to improve the outcomes for patients in our care.”

Speaking at the event, Cathaoirleach Cllr Kevin Sheahan added “It’s not until you walk through the doors of the Centre or speak to those patients that have attended the Centre can you truly understand or appreciate the significance of the work that is carried out here.”

Based in the Centre, are an Irish Cancer Society Counsellor, HSE Senior Clinical Psychologists (part funded by the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation) and a Social Worker. A range of complementary therapies, such as Reiki and Reflexology, are available to patients delivered by qualified and accredited professional therapists, who give their time on a voluntary basis.

The schedule of some of the activities, all free of charge, is below:

New autumn programme of events
Day Event Time
Every Monday                                                                     Walking  Club   10.30am
Every Tuesday                                                   Afternoon Tea / Crafts  2.00pm
Tuesday (Monthly) Myeloma Support Group 7.30pm
Every Tuesday Mindfulness*  7.30pm
Every Wednesday Time To Adjust Programme 2.30pm
Every Wednesday Choir / Something To Sing About 7.00pm
Every Thursday Tai Chi Advanced/Beginners Class 400pm & 5.15pm
Thurs 6th Nov Look good, feel good  2:00pm

* held in Milford Hospice

Contact the Centre on 061 458163 if you are interested in attending any event or log onto www.midwesterncancercentre.ie