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Our Timeline

  1. 1994

    Professor Ernest Egan founded the Leukemia Trust now called Cancer Care West

    First professional fundraiser appointed.

  2. 2002

    University Hospital Galway designated supra regional cancer centre for West of Ireland

  3. 2005

    Opening of Radiotherapy department at University Hospital Galway

  4. 2006

    Building work at Inis Aoibhinn commences

  5. 2007

    Inis Aoibhinn opens and welcomes first 30 Residents and their families

  6. 2008

    Inis Aoibhinn extension

  7. 2009

    Cancer Support Centre moves to dedicated building and is officialy opened by President Mary McAleese

    3 additional rooms added at Inis Aoibhinn

    Psycho oncology service established at University Hospital Galway

  8. 2012

    Cancer Care West and Galway University donate €1m to National University of Ireland Galway to fund Hardiman Research Scholarships

  9. 2013

    Patient Assistance Programme established

    Psyhco oncology service extended to Galway Clinic

  10. 2015

    Introduction of Support Services for Children

  11. 2017

    Donegal Cancer Support Centre opened in Letterkenny
    Psycho - Oncology service established at Letterkenny General Hospital

  12. 2019

    Launch of Mayo bus service

When someone is diagnosed

With cancer in hospital, treatment focuses on the cancer. When someone is diagnosed with cancer in our community, Cancer Care West focuses on the person. People in our community are affected by cancer every day, directly or indirectly through a loved one. At Cancer Care West our vision is that no one should have to go through a cancer experience alone and everything we do has this vision in mind. We are here to support people from the moment they are diagnosed, through treatment and beyond. Our residential, long term accommodation and psychological support services are provided free of charge, to those who need us.

Our Vision

Our Vision is that no one will go through cancer alone.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to provide professional support services to cancer patients and their families throughout our region

Our Values

Focus on people and their needs

We treat everybody with care, kindness, consideration and empathy
We respect and value our staff, volunteers and our donors

Services are open to all who need them

And are provided free of charge
Support families affected by cancer
Our services extend to family members and carers

Strive towards innovation

We embrace collaborative and progressive approaches to supportive cancer care

Professional and transparent

We aim for the highest standards and follow evidence-based best practice