The Irish Cancer Society is launching a new programme to help those recently diagnosed with secondary cancer to learn about and discuss the practical and emotional issues of their diagnosis in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. The six month programme, which will be facilitated by clinical psychologist Aine Melinn, will commence in March 2013 and meetings will take place at the Irish Cancer Society headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
Deirdre Murphy, patient support groups co-ordinator, Irish Cancer Society encourages people right across the country to take part and says: “We are acutely aware of how vulnerable people with a secondary cancer diagnosis can feel and how they are often overwhelmed by feelings of fear, anxiety, sadness, and anger. People can feel very isolated and alone in trying to cope with their unique psychological and social issues and need very special support in dealing with and communicating their emotions to their partners, family, and especially their children.”
People recently diagnosed with secondary cancer should contact Deirdre Murphy on 01 2310 500 or email [email protected] to discuss their interest in joining the group and availing of this programme, which will start in March 2013, in more detail. The programme will be repeated in September 2013. These programmes will be supported by Novartis Oncology.