Our vision for cancer research

More people are getting cancer in Ireland and worldwide. It is expected that the number of cancer cases in Ireland will double by 2040*. Cancer research is crucial to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of these cancers, and ensure that survivors live longer, better quality lives.

Cancer research can span from cancer prevention to laboratory research, from clinical trials to quality-of-life research for survivors.

Through the public's generous support, the Irish Cancer Society funds across the range of research areas in line with our mission to ensure fewer people get cancer and those that do have better outcomes.

While much of our cancer research will benefit the next generation of cancer patients, research is also extremely important for cancer patients being treated in Ireland today.

Studies have shown that cancer patients treated at research intensive hospitals have better outcomes than those treated in hospitals with little or no research activity.** 

Our vision is that cancer research will be at the heart of cancer care. This will ensure that patients diagnosed with cancer in Ireland will have access to the most cutting edge treatments and the best possible care.

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* National Cancer Registry. Cancer projections for Ireland 2015 2040. National Cancer Registry. Cork, 2014.
** Dubois et al., Int J Gynecol Cancer 2005, 15, 183–191.