HSE NCCP CAYA Programme launch Annual Report 2023

Annual Report 2023 launches on 15th February 2024

Today, (Thursday 15th February) on International Childhood Cancer Day 2024, the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) is delighted to launch the third children, adolescent and young adult (CAYA) cancer programme Annual Report 2023. The report highlights progress and achievements in the area of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer care during 2023.

Professor Risteárd Ó Laoide, National Director, National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) said: "“On International Childhood Cancer Day 2024, this report reflects our collective dedication to enhancing child, adolescent and young adult cancer care in Ireland. The strides made in 2023, including the ongoing investment in the three key AYA cancer units at St. James’s, Cork University Hospital and Galway University Hospital, and the appointment of key CAYA staff, signify significant progress aligned with the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026. This report underscores our commitment to providing tailored, comprehensive care for CAYA cancer patients, made possible through the collaboration of multidisciplinary teams, cancer charities, and the resilience of patients and their families."

Speaking in relation to annual report, Professor Owen Smith, National Clinical Lead for Children, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at National Cancer Control Programme, HSE said: “Our focus over 2023 was on providing safe and high quality care and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with cancer. Significant progress has been made in implementing the Framework for the Care and Support of Adolescent and Young Adults (AYA) in Ireland (2021- 2026), including the three new AYA designated units.

To address the unique needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer, a new national Multi-disciplinary Meeting (MDM) for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer has been set up. Now for the first time every young person diagnosed with cancer in Ireland can access the specialised care they require. At the national meeting, healthcare professionals from a wide variety of disciplines come together to discuss and address the unique challenges faced by AYA cancer patients. Supports offered are tailored according to patient need, including referrals to dedicated AYA health professionals, relevant community support services, and linking with other governmental and HSE supports.

Additionally, we recruited key CAYA staff, all or the majority of whom are working directly in delivering services to children, adolescent and young adults with cancer. We continue to work hard to recruit staff and will continue into 2024”

Last updated on: 15 / 02 / 2024