Steep rise in cancer care treatment in South East
New figures released for cancer care in hospitals in the South East show that there were 1,248 new oncology patients in 2017, a 70% increase from 2010.
The overall figure for haematology and oncology shows that 14,955 patients were seen in clinics.
The South East Cancer Centre is one of the eight cancer centres in the HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP).
The hub of the centre is University Hospital Waterford (UHW), with satellite cancer services provided to and in South Tipperary General Hospital, Wexford General Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny, and radiation oncology services provided by UPMC Radiation Oncology Centre in Whitfield Clinic.
The services provided within the cancer centre range from diagnostics and staging to therapy with surgery, medical and radiation oncology surveillance of patients post diagnosis and the provision of palliative care services.
The goal of the cancer governance group within UHW is to provide patients attending the centre with timely access to quality and safe cancer services provided by valued and expert staff within the available resources.
A priority of the governance group is to produce an annual report on cancer related activities across the centre, which will then serve as a testimony to the hard work of multiple teams coordinating cancer care within the centre.
The first report for the South East Cancer Services highlights the multidisciplinary and complexity of care being delivered to patients of the South East.
University Hospital Waterford consultant oncologist and chairperson of the South East Cancer Services Governance Group, Dr. Miriam O’Connor, launched report. Reports are given from 14 different departments across the diagnostic, therapeutic and supportive care domains.
Breast care: 6,333 patients seen in out-patients, 4,082 were new referrals and 194 new diagnoses.
Dermatology: More than 9,000 patients seen in clinics, 4,172 new referrals and 206 new cases of melanoma (80% early stage).
Gynaecology: 972 women have undergone a cancer related procedures and 219 women have been referred for primary chemo-radiation or neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
Early stage uterine cancer: five-year survival figure of 92% (higher than the national average).
Haematology and oncology: 14,955 patients seen in clinics, 17,583 patients treated in dedicated day wards and 1,248 new oncology patients (70% increase from 2010).