Welcome to the Northern Ireland Cancer Network

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network is a partnership of HSCNI organisations, academic, charity, cancer specialists and service users working in collaboration to deliver safe and effective care, improve cancer clinical outcomes and enhance patients and carers experience and quality of life.

Who are we & what do we do?

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network was formed in 2004 as Northern Ireland’s first Regional Clinical Network and links together the organisations that provide care for people with cancer across the 5 Health & Social care trusts in Northern Ireland.  The Network is part of the Health and Social Care Board. 

We do not actively deliver patient care, but work closely with service users, health professionals and managers to improve cancer services and to implement national and local NHS strategies. 

We:

  • support our members in the delivery of services that are evidence based
  • ensure equity of access and uniform quality of services for the population of Northern Ireland, and
  • work across organisational boundaries following the patient pathway.

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New report warns of shocking diagnosis failings for people with incurable breast cancer

Breast Cancer Care’s new report on diagnosis for people with incurable, secondary breast cancer exposes shocking failings – patients being diagnosed in A&E, facing avoidable delays and having concerns ignored by healthcare professionals.

The charity warns this could mean thousands of patients with incurable breast cancer across England, Scotland and Wales are receiving second-rate care.

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