• Irish Cancer Society Research

This year 40,000 people in Ireland will hear the words ‘you have cancer’. Thankfully, though, cancer is no longer a death sentence – 6 in 10 people with cancer will survive the disease for at least 5 years. Survival rates are improving and people are living well with cancer and living for longer thanks to research and advances in detection and treatment. Now, more than 170,000 people are living with and beyond cancer in Ireland.

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Because of the generous support of the public, the Irish Cancer Society is the leading voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland. We’ve invested €27 million in research projects and initiatives since 2010, all made possible by donations. Currently we are investing in the work of more than 100 cancer researchers based across the country. Collaboration, both national and international, is at the core of Irish Cancer Society Research. Learn more about successes in Irish Cancer Society-funded research.

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Do you work - or wish to work - in cancer research? Visit our Researcher Hub and get details about research funding opportunities with the Irish Cancer Society and how to manage your current Irish Cancer Society research grant.

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With the help of all our supporters we have played a significant role in several breakthroughs in cancer research since 1963. We fund scholarships, fellowships, projects and programmes.

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We believe that collaboration between institutions and across research disciplines can help to stimulate the kinds of excellent research which will improve the prevention and treatment of cancer in Ireland

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We're dispelling the myths and telling you about the advances in cancer research with our public information campaign.

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We receive no government funding to support vital research. We rely on your donations. Find out all the ways to donate today.

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Dr Louise Walsh

Irish research brings new hope for hard to treat form of breast cancer

Irish cancer researchers have developed a potential new treatment approach for a form of breast cancer which can be difficult to treat.

Public engagement event

The National Cancer Registry Ireland Public Engagement Event

The National Cancer Registry Ireland (NCRI) is a publicly appointed body, established in 1991, to collect and classify information on all cancer cases which occur in Ireland. On 9 October 2019, the NCRI are hosting a public engagement event at the Maryborough Hotel, Douglas, Cork.