Cancer Nursing

According to the National Cancer Registry (NCR, 2015), approximately 30,000 cases of invasive cancer, or 20,500 cases excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC), were registered annually in Ireland over the period covering 1994 to 2013. Over the ten-year period 2010 to 2020, the total number of cancers is projected to increase by 40% for women and by just over 50% for men (NCR, 2008).

Nurses play a key role in the delivery of high of quality cancer services (National Cancer Control Programme, Health Services Executive, Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director, 2012). This role includes encouraging individuals to engage in primary and secondary prevention of cancer in addition to caring for and counselling patients throughout all stages of their cancer journey.