2017 – 2020 we need your help to raise €2 million
In our small country, 30,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed by the end of this year. For those people in Munster diagnosed with cancer, The Mercy will be at the forefront of diagnosis, research, treatment and care. We will be Leading the Fight Against Cancer.
Through our Cancer Appeal, we want to make it better by using your donations to fund projects that will improve outcomes and experiences for patients and their families.
Diagnosis: Cancer patients deserve the benefit of being diagnosed with the latest world-leading technology. We will support investment into equipment and predictive medicine to deliver faster and more accurate diagnostics resulting in personalised, more effective treatment plans for cancer patients.
Treatment: Our funding of technology and equipment will allow our medical and surgical teams to give patients access to the very best treatment options offering world leading surgical outcomes to our cancer patients.
Clinical and Medical Research: With the support of Research Grants from the Foundation, our Surgical and Medical teams will be able to advance new treatments for many different cancers.
Care: We place the highest importance on patient dignity and care at the Mercy so that cancer patients feel comfortable and reassured throughout their treatment and their families feel welcomed. We are committed to funding a range of services and facilities that will improve their experiences.
Funds that you donate will deliver life-saving improvements including:
The Mercy Cancer CARE Centre
The centre will provide a quiet, safe place for patients and families to help them deal with their cancer diagnosis or to receive ongoing support during their cancer journey through one-to-one support, peer-group sessions and bereavement counselling in a non-clinical and relaxed environment. Erica Mulvihill, Cancer Nurse Specialist says “The new centre will be a safe haven with comfortable non-intimidating surroundings where privacy and dignity are paramount, a non-clinical environment where patients can sit with family and nurses and go through the news that they have been diagnosed with cancer.”
Psycho-Oncology – €150,000 by 2020
There is currently no professional psycho-oncology service for patients attending Mercy Hospital with a diagnosis of cancer. In 2017, with your help, we hope to raise €10,000 to pilot this project so those with cancer can get the specialist psychological support they need on their cancer journey.
Rapid Access Prostate and Testicular Cancer Clinic – €45,000
Since 2008, our donors have helped to fund the provision of a Rapid Access Clinic for patients with cancers of the Prostate, Kidney, Bladder, Testes and Penis. We want to continue to provide this funding for a further two years while also continuing to support patients at the St. Therese’s Oncology Unit who are undergoing Chemotherapy.
General Enhancement of Medical Oncology Services – €20,000
Improved facilities in the ward are needed, such as; phlebotomy trollies and a treatment couch. We will also be funding our Oncology Patient Assistance Programme which helps patients with short-term financial difficulties as a result of their illness.
Cutting-edge Cancer Services and Equipment – €505,000
€345,000 for an Ultrasound Service that will help our doctors stage and diagnose cancers of the liver, oesophagus and stomach. This will be the only service of its kind outside Dublin.
€160,000 for a 3D surgical system that will enable minimally invasive surgeries and will be used in Upper and Lower GI (oesophageal, stomach, bowel) as well as Urological (Kidney, Liver and Prostate) Cancer cases.
Clinical Research – €156,000
€120,000 to fund a Colorectal Cancer Research Project led by Professor Micheál Ó Riordáin to help in the fight against bowel cancer right here in Cork.
€56,000 to fund a cutting-edge Research Project led by Mr. Criostóir Ó Suilleabháin to increase the life-expectancy and quality of life of patients dealing with liver cancer.