Cancer group welcomes surgeon post
CO-OPERATING for Cancer
Care NorthWest has welcomed confirmation from
Minister Joe McHugh that the HSE will introduce a
new consultant breast surgeon post at Letterkenny
“2016 has started out very well in relation to
cancer services for Donegal and the North West. Last
week Altnagelvin Hospital confirmed that the cross
border Radiotherapy Unit currently under
construction will become operational in the autumn
of this year," the group said today in a statement.
"The unit will provide radiotherapy treatments for
cancer patients from both sides of the border and
will reduce the long distressing journeys to Galway,
Dublin and Belfast for the majority of patients.
Letterkenny General Hospital.
"CCC(NW) has campaigned
for many years for the sustainable retention and
development of cancer services in LUH and in
particular breast cancer services. We have long
lobbied for the appointment of a second consultant
breast surgeon to support and develop breast
services along with Mr Michael Sugrue and the breast
"Hopefully in the very near future, Donegal women
will reap the benefits of this second appointment
and waiting times will be reduced along with fewer
women having to travel to Galway.
"Whilst there remains much work to be done and
discussion to be had in relation to sustaining and
developing other services at LUH, such as urology
services, today is a good day, this is a positive
outcome," the CCC(NW) statement added.