CUH and Mercy host free talks on cancer this year

CUH and Mercy host free talks on cancer this year
Roisin Connolly, Richard Bambury and Dearbhaile Collins, all CUH,.Picture: David Keane.

TWO Cork hospitals are hosting a series of free talks on cancer over the coming year for patients, their friends and families.

The cancer teams in Cork University Hospital (CUH) and the Mercy University Hospital (MUH) have developed a Cancer 2020 free public lecture series to bring accurate information to the public.

These cancer-specific lectures will be delivered by cancer experts directly to patients.

“Health information is readily available on the internet and social media, but not all of it is correct or appropriate,” said consultant medical oncologist at CUH, Dr Dearbhaile Collins.

“These lectures set out to deliver up-to-date accurate cancer information.”

The series of talks are underway to coincide with World Cancer Day.

Professor Seamus O’Reilly, delivered a lecture providing an overview on cancer in Cork city and county. Prof O’Reilly summarised the current treatments for cancer, available clinical trials and research..

He also discussed the Cork-based charity partners and their work, support and fundraising endeavours for patients and their families impacted by a cancer diagnosis.

The next public lecture, which focuses on the topic of bowel cancer, will be given by Dr Richard Bambury and Dr Derek Power on Thursday, April 2.

Melanoma will be the focus of the talk given on Tuesday, May 5, by Dr Derek Power.

A talk on Thursday, September 24, given by Dr Richard Bambury and Dr Ciara Lyons will focus on prostate cancer.

Meanwhile, on October 7, the series will play host to a public lecture on breast cancer, curated by Professor Roisin Connolly and Professor Mark Corrigan.

Finally, the series will conclude on Monday, November 9 at 7pm, with a public talk on lung cancer, given by Dr Dearbhaile Collins and Dr Marcus Kennedy.

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