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ISMO Travel Bursary Awards 2021

The ISMO meeting featured some of the best cancer research currently being undertaken in Ireland This year’s Irish Society of Medical Oncology (ISMO) annual meeting took place on Friday, 29 January 2021. As a result of Covid-19, the meeting was held virtually, streaming live from the Fintan Gunne Theatre, Catherine McAuley Centre, Mater Misericordiae University…

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CPD Module- Cervical cancer

2 CPD Hours Authors Caitriona Duggan, Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Oncology Department, Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. This module outlines what ‘cervical’ is. It highlights the epidemiology, pathogenesis and risk factors of cervical cancer. The module summarises the staging and complex management options of the various stages that comprise cervical cancer. It also discusses cervical…

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Breast cancer care in the Covid context

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 The meeting also heard from Prof Seamus O’Reilly, National Director in Medical Oncology at the RCPI and Consultant Oncologist at Cork University Hospital, who spoke on the topic ‘Hormone-sensitive breast cancer’. Prof O’Reilly told the conference: “When we are dealing with early-stage breast cancer, we are really…

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Chemotherapy and Covid-19 — assessing the outcomes

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 During the segment of Gathering Around Cancer 2020 dedicated to issues around cancer care during Covid-19, the attendees heard a presentation from Dr Melissa Lumish, Internal Medical Specialist in Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Centre in New York, US, on the theme ‘Chemotherapy and Covid-19: Outcomes in…

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Clinical perspectives on melanoma

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 The Gathering Around Cancer conference also heard from Dr Fergal Kelleher, Consultant Oncologist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, who delivered a talk titled ‘Melanoma update’. Dr Kelleher provided an overview of some trial data from a number of studies and said that it is often the…

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Research updates in kidney cancer

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 The conference heard from Dr Jack Gleeson, Haematology Specialist in Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Centre in New York, US, on his recent research into kidney cancer during a talk titled ‘Personalising cancer care for patients with advanced genitourinary malignancies’. Dr Gleeson told the attendees that kidney…

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Burned in the USA — the high risk of burnout for US oncologists

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 The Gathering Around Cancer 2020 conference heard a keynote address from Dr Dean Bajorin, Medical Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, US, which was titled ‘Resilience and burnout’. Dr Bajorin presented an overview of key findings from a number of surveys on burnout…

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Body and mind combined in cancer care

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 The meeting heard from Dr Helen Greally, National Clinical Lead in Psycho-Oncology at the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), and Director of Psychology and Support Services at Cancer Care West, who delivered a talk titled ‘Psychological needs of cancer patients and the status of psycho-oncology services in…

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Choosing the right treatment pathway in pancreatic cancer

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 The conference also heard a presentation from Prof Maeve Lowery, Consultant Medical Oncologist at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, who provided an update on pancreatic cancer. Prof Lowery told the conference: “Most pancreatic cancers are unresectable at presentation, but a minority are amenable to surgical resection… in…

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Oncology community standing together, apart

Gathering Around Cancer, virtual meeting, 5-6 November 2020 This year’s Gathering Around Cancer 2020 conference was opened by Prof John McCaffrey, Consultant Medical Oncologist in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, and Prof David Gallagher, Consultant Medical Oncologist and Consultant Medical Geneticist, St James’s Hospital, Dublin, and was streamed live online. The conference, now in its…

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