Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1278)

Louise O'Reilly

Question:

1278. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the number of persons undergoing treatment for cancer. [36476/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The National Cancer Registry of Ireland estimate that cancer-directed treatment was undertaken for an average of 27,500 cancer patients per year in 2017 and 2018, within 12 months of the patients' diagnosis. Excluding patients only diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer, an average of 17,700 cancer patients each year have undergone treatment.

These figures include surgery, radiotherapy, medical oncology or other treatments aimed at (or with the effect of) removing, reducing or preventing cancer growth, whether for curative or palliative purposes. They exclude purely diagnostic procedures, and also exclude treatments for recurrences.