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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Photoacoustic imaging with an acoustic lens detects prostate cancer cells labeled with PSMA-targeting near-infrared dye-conjugates

There is an urgent need for sensitive and specific tools to accurately image early stage, organ-confined human prostate cancers to facilitate active surveillance and reduce unnecessary treatment. Recently, we developed an acoustic lens that enhances the sensitivity of photoacoustic imaging. Here, we report the use of this device in conjunction with two molecular imaging agents that specifically target the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) expressed on the tumor cell surface of most prostate cancers.

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