ADVANCES BEING MADE
Through your support, we have seen a number of advances being made for breast cancer patients. Survival rates in the past five years alone have increased from 75% to 83%. Research publications have grown from just 1 being published every 24 months, to now 5 being published within 12 months instead. Investment in International Clinical Trials using a combination of drugs in particular for breast cancer patients are showing a 60% tumor eradication.
Through sophisticated blood tests, we are now able to offer patients a more personalized treatment plan which is specific to their diagnosis. We’re also seeing 50% less patients requiring chemotherapy thereby protecting their healthy organs. Investment in Ireland’s first Intra-Operative Radiotherapy Device allows for certain cancer patients to have their initial surgery extended by twenty minutes only and prevents them from having to return to hospital daily for five weeks for radiotherapy.
We have also invested in our Education & Awareness Programmes with the recruitment of our Outreach Nurse Coordinators. These coordinators visit transition years in schools and women’s groups in the workplace or community to raise breast cancer awareness, ultimately taking the fear factor out of a breast cancer diagnosis.
Your fundraising efforts and donations means that we can support our specialist breast cancer research nurses within the designated cancer centres in Ireland. Their role through collaboration is to collect and collate all patient tissue and serum samples into one large centralised area so that clinicians and scientists throughout the country can have access to the full 2890 new cases diagnosed annually. This in turn means that our research discovery output can be sped up.
We’re also able to continue to support our Research Laboratories with relevant equipment, consumables, recruitment & retention of key research staff/fellowships and can continue to participate in worldwide clinical trials. Finally, your support enables us to continue to provide education and awareness programmes on the importance of good breast health among women of all ages.