Now in its 7th year, the Cross Atlantic Cycle raises funds for C.R.O.S.S. Charity and Cancer Research in St. James's Hospital and Trinity College, Dublin. Funds raised by the C.R.O.S.S cycle have allowed the purchase of crucially important state-of-the-art pieces of equipment, which have been used by over 60 researchers working in a number of cancer types, including oesophageal cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and lung cancer.
The number of newly diagnosed cancers is increasing by 6-7% annually and unless a major reversal of trends occurs in the near future, the number is likely to double in the next 20 years. Therefore, the way we treat cancer is changing. The 21st Century marks the dawning of a new age of personalised medicine. New targeted therapies are delivering remarkable responses in selected patients. We also have an enhanced understanding of the role that our immune system plays in how a cancer develops and how specific genes may contribute to how a patient responds to a particular treatment. This has allowed us to identify specific vulnerabilities in cancers that we can target therapeutically to improve quality of life and survival for cancer patients.
A strong collaborative approach between the scientific and medical worlds is the best way to make real advancements in cancer diagnosis and treatment. This is highlighted by the development of the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute, which will be the first of its kind in Ireland. The development of the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute is one of the most significant developments in Ireland’s response to cancer for a generation: an entirely new distinctive vision that places the patient as the central focus and integrates basic, translational and clinical research to improve the prevention, detection and cures for cancer and to make cancer a manageable chronic disease.
The Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute model will provide state-of-the-art cancer care for adults and children, providing access to the latest medicines and most advanced treatment options available. We aim to streamline testing, treatment and care delivery for our patients and to work with them to achieve the best results possible. The Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute’s compassionate healthcare team will include medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, nurse practitioners, research nurse clinicians, treatment nurses, pathologists, social workers, oncology education specialists, pharmacists, and clinical psychologists who will work alongside scientists to deliver the best possible medical care. Understanding the stress and worry associated with dealing with illness, the Institute aims to provide a place of refuge and a sanctuary for patients.
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