Cancer control on a budget

Despite some progress, Ireland's cancer survival rates compare poorly with many developed nations, Susan Reilly of the National Cancer Control Programme tells Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
14th July, 2012
Cancer control on a budget
Dr Susan O'Reilly, director of the National Cancer Control Programme. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Forty years after the then US president Richard Nixon declared a 'War on Cancer', the battle is not just about finding cures and better treatments, but also about being able to afford them. Few are more aware of this than Ireland's cancer tsar Dr Susan O'Reilly, who heads up the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP).

Professor Tom Keane, O'Reilly's predecessor, was appointed chief executive of the newly-established NCCP in 2007. It was a time of...

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