Purple House Cancer Support welcome new National Cancer Strategy


Representatives of Purple House Cancer Support attend the launch of the new National Cancer Strategy by Minister Simon Harris in Iveagh House Dublin on Wednesday 5th July.

The Strategy sets out the framework for the treatment and support of Cancer patients in Ireland for the period 2017-2026

Community based charity Purple House Cancer Support have been heavily involved in helping to shape the community support services aspect of the Strategy which highlights the important role that Cancer Support Centre’s play in the psycho-social support of the Cancer patient.

Speaking on the launch, Veronica O’Leary Director of Services at Purple House & member of the National Cancer Strategy’s Cancer Patient Forum says:

‘A cancer diagnosis can bring many new and challenging changes to normal daily family life. Significant and vital services are provided at Community level by Cancer Support Centres such as Purple House throughout the country.  Research has shown that a significant number of cancer patients seek out Cancer Support Centres in their community long after cancer treatment has finished.

While hospital based psycho-oncology services are valuable while within the hospital setting, many cancer survivors need ongoing psychological support and practical help for months and years after their diagnosis to regain their sense of self and rebuild their lives again.’

The recognition of the role that Cancer Support Centre’s play in the treatment of a Cancer patient in the National Cancer Strategy is a vindication of the need for Purple House to set up the first Community based Cancer Support Centre in Ireland back in 1990, which was then known as Bray Cancer Support Centre.

Over the past 27 years the services provided by Purple House have evolved as the needs of Cancer patients have changed.


Pictured: Representatives of Purple House with Minister for Health Simon Harris and Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne at launch of National Cancer Strategy.

About Purple House Cancer Support

Purple House Cancer Support is to the forefront in providing a range of professional support services to people of all ages affected by Cancer in Ireland.

Our aim is to help rebuild the lives of families affected by Cancer. Purple House is at the heart of the community.

Founded in 1990, Purple House was the first Community based Cancer Support Centre in Ireland and today operates a busy range of support services from Purple House at Aubrey Court, Parnell Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow as well as Cancer Support Clinics in Park House, Library Road, Dun Laoghaire.

The professional services on offer include counselling, complimentary therapies, bereavement counselling, services for children & young adults including creative arts and one to one support, CLIMB programme for children, camps & workshops for children, health awareness programmes, classes in Yoga and Mindfulness, CheckMeOut.ie health awareness campaigns aimed at 18-30 year olds and more.

For a full list of services please visit www.purplehouse.ie

Media Contact: Conor O’Leary 086-3407553 or 01-2866966 conor.oleary@purplehouse.ie

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