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Documentary tells story of 'cancer bus' that takes patients from Donegal to Galway every week

A TG4 documentary, Turas na hAilse, follows the patients as they make this journey together.

CANCER PATIENTS IN Donegal have to travel over 200 kilometres for their nearest treatment centre to receive radiotherapy in Galway.

The bus, which is called the cancer bus, picks up patients on Monday morning and brings them home on Friday evening.

One woman said, “I have to be up at 4.30 and it takes between four and five hours.”

They stay in the cancer support centre Inis Aoibhinn for the week, supporting each other in these difficult circumstances.

A TG4 documentary, Turas na hAilse, which means The Cancer Journey, follows the patients as they make this journey together.

Describing his diagnoses, one man said, “I was just normal as ever I was beforehand, to get the news like that, that wasn’t nice.” Another woman said:

I’ve often hugged people here, they’d cry and that was good to get that realise because you’d see the loneliness in their eyes.

Source: Phantom Limb Productions/Vimeo

Turas na hAilse is being screened tonight on TG4 at 8.30pm.

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