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The Living Well Cancer Programme

The idea for thisisGO.ie was born in September 2020 when the team at The Living Well Cancer Programme based in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) met for the first time.

This programme is part of the Irish Cancer Society’s Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), the aim of which is to improve health and wellbeing for women impacted by cancer who are dealing with the side effects and consequences of treatment.

"We see women and their families impacted by gynaecological cancer as partners in their care"

Prof of Gynaecological Oncology, UCD and Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist, Mater Misericordiae and St Vincent’s University Hospital University Hospitals, Dublin

Who is involved?

The Living Well Cancer Programme is a two-year project funded by the Irish Cancer Society with the support of the Health Service Executive (HSE), The Mater Private Network, The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP), Breakthrough Cancer Research and Pfizer Ireland.

Who are it’s target audience?

The WHI will focus on women impacted by breast and gynaecological cancer over the duration of the two year grant.

The team

The Dublin site has named the group “The Living Well Cancer Programme” with the help of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

The team is led by Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at University College Dublin, Donal Brennan. The team also comprises two Clinical Nurse Specialists; (CNSs) Aidin Roberts and Louise Comerford, Clinical Research Fellow, Dr. Fionán Donohoe and Research Coordinator, Yvonne O’Meara.

The team is working on a number of projects over the two years. At all stages of the programme there is a strong PPI component.

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Prof. Donal Brennan

Donal Brennan is Professor fo Gynaecological Oncology at UCD and Academic Lead of the UCD Gynaecological Oncology group, the Mater Misericordiae and St Vincent’s University Hospitals. He has multiple research interests in gynaecological oncology and has led the Irish Cancer Society Women's Health Initiative at UCD which is focused on improving care for women after cancer. He is also a Principal Investigator at Systems Biology Ireland where he leads a number of clinical and translational research projects.
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Louise Comerford

Louise Comerford has taken up the role as Survivorship CNS in Gynaecology Oncology at The National Maternity Hospital and St Vincent's University Hospital during the last year. She has over 11 years of experience of working in oncology nursing, the last six of which were spent working in Gynaecology Oncology in the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust in the UK. She has a keen interest in supporting her patients as they transition from the acute phase of their cancer treatment through to the survivorship phase.
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Dr. Fionán Donohoe

Dr. Fionán Donohoe is a Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and is currently working as Clinical Research Fellow with the Living Well Cancer Programme. Fionán is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK. Fionán is a graduate of UCD School of Medicine and holds a Master's Degree in Healthcare Leadership from UCC.  Fionán is currently pursuing a PhD qualification focusing on menopausal symptoms after cancer treatment at UCD and plans to specialise in Gynaecological Oncology with a special interest in survivorship.
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Aidin Roberts

Aidin Roberts has worked as an oncology nurse for the last 17 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience working in radiation oncology, medical oncology and gynaecology oncology. In the past year she has taken up the role of Survivorship CNS in Gynaecology Oncology at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin where she has a keen interest in supporting her patients as they transition from the acute phase of their cancer treatment through to the survivorship phase.

Yvonne O'Meara

Yvonne O'Meara is a Systemic Psychotherapist and Psychosocial Oncologist. Yvonne has worked as a Medical Social Worker in psychosocial oncology and palliative care since 2004 in teaching hospitals in Ireland and North America. Yvonne is the co-founder of the ISGO-PPI (Irish Society of Gynaecological Oncology Public and Patient Involvement).  In 2020 Yvonne took up a post at the UCD School of Medicine as Women's Cancer Survivorship Research coordinator based in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.
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Prof. Donal Brennan

Donal Brennan is Professor fo Gynaecological Oncology at UCD and academic lead of the UCD Gynaecological Oncology group at UCD, the Mater Misericordiae and St Vincent’s University Hospitals. He has multiple research interests in gynaecological oncology and has led Irish Cancer Society Womens Health Initiative at UCD which is focused on developing at improving care for women after cancer. He is also a principal investigator at Systems Biology Ireland and leads a number of clinical and translational research projects.
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Louise Comerford

Louise Comerford has taken up the role as Survivorship CNS in Gynaecology Oncology at The National Maternity Hospital and St Vincents University Hospital during the last year. She has over 11 years of experience working in oncology, the last 6 of which were spent working in Gynaecology Oncology in the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust. She has a keen interest in supporting her patients as they transition from the acute phase of their cancer treatment through to the Survivorship Phase.
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Dr. Fionán Donohoe

Dr. Fionán Donohoe is a Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and is currently working as Clinical Research Fellow with the Living Well Cancer Programme. Fionán is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK. Fionán is a graduate of UCD medical school and holds a Masters degree in Healthcare Leadership from UCC.  Fionán is currently pursuing a doctorate qualification focusing on menopausal symptoms after cancer treartment at UCD and plans to specialise in Gynaecological Oncology with a special interest in survivorship.
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Aidin Roberts

Aidin Roberts has worked as an oncology nurse for the last 17 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience working in radiation oncology, medical oncology and gynaecology oncology. In the past year she has taken up the role of Survivorship CNS in Gynaecology Oncology at the Mater Hospital Dublin where she has a keen interest in supporting her patients as they transition from the acute phase of their cancer treatment through to the Survivorship Phase.

Yvonne O'Meara

Yvonne is a systemic psychotherapist and psychosocial oncologist. Yvonne has worked as a medical social worker in psychosocial oncology and palliative care since 2004 in teaching hospitals in Ireland and North America. Yvonne is the co-founder of the ISGO-PPI (Irish Society of Gynecological Oncology Public and Patient Involvement).  In 2020 Yvonne took up a post at the University College Dublin school of medicine as women's cancer survivorship research coordinator based in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital.