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The Irish Cancer Society is launching a new programme to help those recently diagnosed with secondary cancer. The programme offers patients the opportunity to learn about and discuss the practical and emotional issues of their diagnosis in a safe, confidential and supportive environment. The six month programme will be facilitated by Clinical Psychologist, Aine Melinn, and will commence in March 2013. Meetings will take place at the Irish Cancer Society headquarters in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.
 
Deirdre Murphy, Patient Support Groups Coordinator, 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.”
 
“In addition to sessions on communications during the six month programme, there will also be sessions on advances in treatments, the side effect profile of treatments, diet, mindfulness, reflexology, relaxation and sessions led by other experts in advising and supporting those with secondary cancer. Most importantly however people with secondary cancer will get to meet other people with a similar diagnosis which can provide tremendous support in itself” added Deirdre Murphy.
 
If you or someone you know is interested in joining the group, then contact Deirdre Murphy, Patient Support Services Coordinator at the Irish Cancer Society. Telephone 01 2310 500 or email dmurphy@irishcancer.ie. The programme will be repeated in September 2013.
 
These programmes will be kindly supported by Novartis Oncology.
 

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