Palliative radiation treatment to be made available in Belfast

The National Cancer Services Director has confirmed that patients requiring palliative radiation treatment can be considered on an individual basis for treatment in Belfast.

Up to now, only Donegal patients receiving radiotherapy designed to cure cancer have been admitted to Belfast, while those requiring radiotherapy to stabilise them and give pain relief haven't been given the option.

This means that those most likely to be extremely ill have been forced to travel to Dublin or Galway.

The pressure group Cooperating for Cancer Care North West recently met with Professor Keane, and raised this anamoly with them. Now, he says, he's reached an agreement with Belfast that patients can apply for treatment there.