Welcome toTrinity St. James’s Cancer Institute. We serve cancer patients across Dublin Mid-Leinster region and provide academic and clinical training for consultants and researchers.

St. James's Hospital (SJH) is the largest academic teaching hospital in Ireland. The hospital's fundamental purpose is the delivery of health treatment, care and diagnosis as well as health promotion and preventative services at catchment, regional, super-regional and national levels.

St. James’s Hospital is the largest cancer centre in the country. Trinity St. James’s Cancer Institute is being created because there is a need to better define the cancer function at SJH and all its elements, clinical, education/training, and research, and to address real gaps in existing structures.

The Cancer Institute will coordinate cancer research at St. James’s Hospital which conducts and supports research, training, health information, dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer and the continuing care of cancer patients and their families.

The Institute will:

  • Support and coordinate research projects done by universities and hospitals.
  • Support education and training in clinical disciplines for participations in basic and clinical research.
  • Support projects in cancer control.

About Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day is the biggest and longest running fundraising day for the Irish Cancer Society, Ireland’s national cancer charity. On Daffodil Day thousands of volunteers around Ireland sell daffodil pins and flowers (on streets, in businesses, homes and shopping centres) to raise money for the Society’s free, nationwide services for those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland. The Society’s 28th Daffodil Day is on Friday March 11th 2016. On Daffodil Day we won’t give up until cancer does.

About Dell and Daffodil Day

Dell has been the lead corporate partner for Daffodil Day since 2011. This is its sixth year to support the campaign. Dell’s 2,500 employees in Dublin, Limerick and Cork are supporting the campaign by volunteering time and expertise to the Irish Cancer Society in the lead up to Daffodil Day and on the day itself.

How Daffodil Day helps

Funds raised on Daffodil Day by thousands of volunteers across Ireland go directly to providing information, care and support to those with, and affected by, cancer in Ireland. One of the key services funded by Daffodil Day is our Night Nursing service.

The Irish Cancer Society’s Night Nursing Service is a national service available to people with cancer who are seriously ill at home. The aim of the service is to provide extra support for the person who is ill and wishes to remain at home being cared for by their family.

The Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses are provided free of charge for up to 10 nights. It is part of the Society’s commitment to help the patient and their carers during what can be a difficult and anxious time.

The Night Nursing Service has been in operation since 1986 and currently employs 230 Night Nurses nationwide.

In 2015 the Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses supported over 1,940 patients and their families coping with the advanced stages of cancer, delivering 7,956 nights of care.

96% of requests for night nursing were fulfilled in 2015. The average cost per night is €350, which includes nurse’s salaries, mileage and training and Irish Cancer Society allocated costs (management, finance, facilities).

Five ways you can support Daffodil Day 2016:

 Buy a daffodil pin and wear it with pride on Daffodil Day

Make a donation by phone or online, CallSave 1850 60 60 60 or visit www.cancer.ie

Text Daff to 50300 to donate €4 now!*
Add a daffodil pin to your facebook and twitter profile, visit https://twibbon.com/Support/daffodil-day-2013

 Tweet, Facebook or Instagram about #DaffodilDay

Buy a daffodil or Daffodil Day merchandise on Daffodil Day or in our online shop www.cancer.ie/shop

*(100% of your €4 goes to the Irish Cancer Society across most networks. Some providers apply Vat where a minimum of €3.26 cent will go to the Society. Service provided by LikeCharity (01-4433890).)

About the Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive 2% government funding.

The Irish Cancer Society, and our volunteers and supporters, are working towards a future without cancer.

We won’t give up until cancer does.


Each year on May 8th, women living with ovarian cancer, their families and supporters, along with patient advocacy organizations from around the world, come together to raise awareness about ovarian cancer. World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD) is the one day of the year we all raise our voices in solidarity across the world in the fight against this disease

Ovarian cancer rates in Ireland 24% higher than in EU

Ahead of World Ovarian Cancer Day on 8 May, the Irish Cancer Society has said that Irish rates of ovarian cancer remain significantly higher than the EU average. Recent figures showed that in Ireland the incidence rate is 15.6 in every 100,000 people, compared with an average of 12.6 across the EU, representing a difference of almost a quarter.

The Society is this year teaming up with Ovacare, SOCK, the Emer Casey Foundation, Trinity College Dublin and a number of other organisations to promote World Ovarian Cancer Day and raise awareness of the disease among Irish women.

Naomi Fitzgibbon, Cancer Nurseline Manager with the Irish Cancer Society said, “In Ireland, on average, about 340 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year and there are about 272 deaths. We see that Ireland’s incidence and mortality rates are significantly higher than the European average. However, survival rates are very slowly increasing, about 3% over 15 years,[iii] and treatment plans and access to support is improving all of the time.”

“Over half of women are presenting with ovarian cancer at later stages, due to the issue of identifying the signs and symptoms[iv]. Ovarian cancer is traditionally been seen as a cancer with very silent symptoms but there are things to be aware of, such as the BEAT symptoms. I would urge women to listen carefully to their bodies and if they notice any changes at all to go see their GP and talk through their concerns,” Fitzgibbon concluded.

The BEAT symptoms are:

  • Bloating that is persistent and doesn’t come and go
  • Eating less and feeling full more quickly
  • Abdominal and pelvic pain you feel most days
  • Talk to your GP about your symptoms

Dr. Sharon O’Toole, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/Histopathology in St. James’s Hospital and Chair of Ovacare’s Medical Panel added, “We are delighted to be partnering with the Irish Cancer Society for World Ovarian Cancer Day this year, to raise awareness of this disease. The statistics related to this cancer make for sober reading, with just over 30% of women surviving for five years or longer. Early detection is vital in ovarian cancer and the vague symptoms certainly present challenges. But there are symptoms, and we need to listen very carefully to them.”

“This Ovarian Cancer Day, we have organised a number of events such as a coffee morning in Kilmainham, a tea dance in Galway, a survivorship event in St. James’s as well as seminars in the Science Gallery in Dublin and the Western Gateway Building in Cork, as well as a TV advertising campaign with Miriam O’Callaghan. We also have a number of buildings lighting up in teal on the day, including the National Convention Centre, University College Cork, NUI Galway, City Hall in Cork. We’d really encourage patients, families and anyone with an interest in this area to come along to the events, learn more about ovarian cancer and help us spread the word.”

Deirdre Kelly, an ovarian cancer survivor says “I was very lucky, my cancer was diagnosed at Stage 1 and I believe that was down to two things, my own instinct and my GP who was willing to believe that it was serious the first time I mentioned it to him. I had very few symptoms but in hindsight I knew there was something wrong. I urge all women to listen to their bodies; don’t put unusual aches and pains down to stress or everyday life, if they are unusual and you feel unsettled about them then make sure someone listens to you. I listened to my body, my GP listened to me and I am now a very grateful survivor of Ovarian Cancer.”

Deirdre will be telling her story at a lunchtime event on Monday 8 May in the Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin.

For more information about World Ovarian Cancer Day events, visit our event page or www.ovacare.ie.