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Plans for new cancer institute at St James' Hospital

Cancer in Ireland is projected to double by 2040, with increases in all types of the disease.

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PLANS FOR A new cancer institute in Ireland were today announced by Trinity College Dublin and St James’ Hospital.

In a joint announcement today, they said the institute, which will be located at a designated facility at St James’ Hospital, will set a new standard for cancer care nationally, integrating medicine and science in cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship.

Cancer in this country is projected to double by 2040, with increases in all types of cancer.

Today the provost of Trinity College, Dr Patrick Prendergast said the institute will be “educating the next generation of cancer clinicians, health professionals and scientists”.

Both Trinity and St James’s Hospital share a long history together training medical doctors, nurses and health professionals who have treated the people of Dublin and Ireland with expertise and dedication. With this new institute, we intend to lead the way in innovative new cancer treatment.

The institute will serve a population of 1.4 million.

Trinity and St James’s Hospital have been scaling up for the new cancer institute with the recruitment of key new clinical academic and research appointments in oncology. Accreditation for the new institute is also being sought from the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes.

The announcement was made at the opening of International Cancer Conference at Trinity College Dublin as part of Cancer Week.

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