Cork’s 96FM Giving For Living

Radiothon 2021

20th 21st and 22nd of May

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Where The Funds Go


Thanks to you, Cork’s 96fm Giving for Living Radiothon makes change happen here in Cork and ensures those dealing with cancer get the care they deserve right on their doorstep.

Mercy Hospital Foundation:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2019 contributed to the following:

  • 49 surgeries were carried out in 2019 using our unique 3D Minimally Invasive Surgery System which allows surgeons to operate with greater precision and helps patients recover much quicker.
  • You helped fund over 60 Psycho-Oncology Sessions last year to provide emotional and psychological support to patients during their cancer journey.
  • Refurbishment of the kids room in the Leukaemia Unit to help make our patients feel more at home.
  • Establishment of an Upper GI Patient Support Group for patients who have undergone surgery for cancers of the oesophagus & stomach.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Continued support of our free Psycho-Oncology Service which is funded by public donations.
  • Ensuring our Upper GI Patient Support Group can hold monthly meetings offering patients professional and peer support.
  • Continued support of our unique 3D Minimally Invasive Surgery System which allows surgeons to operate with greater precision and helps patients recover much quicker.
  • Patient Assistance Fund to offer financial aid to patients who may be experiencing short-term financial difficulties as a result of their cancer diagnosis.
  • ‘A Guide to Chemotherapy’ booklet. This is given to new cancer patients before they attend St. Therese’s Oncology Unit for their first course of Chemotherapy.  It offers an overview of chemotherapy, information on how the treatment works, when and how it’s given and possible side effects. It provides advice on how to cope  with the physical and emotional consequences, and facilities and services for cancer patients at the hospital.

Marymount University Hospital and Hospice:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2019 contributed to the following:

  • Two electric cars and charging points to facilitate more economical and environmental travel by our Community Palliative Care team
  • Equipment to facilitate a new volunteer-driven evening bereavement telephone service.
  • A wheelchair lift for our donated minibus, increasing accessibility
  • Equipment to facilitate patient safety and comfort.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Renewal of Community Palliative Care car fleet. The Community Palliative Care Team provide specialist care in the community.
  • Upgrading the entertainment systems in patient bedrooms to ensure maximum comfort in a ‘home away from home’ setting.
  • Redevelopment of three dining facilities to ensure a bright warm home from home environment for all residents
  • Repainting of bedrooms to enhance a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment for those who use our services
  • Maintenance works and equipment to ensure maximum patient comfort and safety throughout the year.

Cork University Hospital:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2019 contributed to the following:

  • CUH Purchased the Ion Torrent Sequencing Machine – This machine can analyse a patient’s tumour tissue for DNA mutations within it that may be able to be targeted by specific non-chemotherapy treatments. This piece of equipment, costing €550,000, will ensure patients receive targeted and bespoke plans which will ensure better treatments. This is the first of its kind in Ireland and is from Thermo Fisher who also have office in Cork.
  • Education and upskilling for staff within oncology team to ensure they are consistently refreshing their knowledge in an area where treatments change at a rapid pace.
  • Providing services for patients of the Dunmanway Day Unit – newspapers, magazines, tea, coffee, sweets.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Support new and improved cancer services for children through the building of the new Children’s Hospital in the CUH campus.
  • Purpose Built Urology Unit – Urology is a surgical speciality that treats conditions of the urinary tract, benign and malignant in men, women and children. Currently our specialist consultants work across many areas of the hospital, but we hope to bring all expertise into one urology service.
  • Continued funding of Men’s Health Unit ensuring a major improvement to Men’s Health across Cork and Munster
  • Investment in Bringing robotic surgery to the hospital to treat cancer patients

Breakthrough Cancer Research:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2019 contributed to the following:

• Completion of an evidence-based cookbook for cancer patients which can help increase the ability to tolerate treatment and survival.
• Continued funding of a clinical trial nurse to support patients and families before, during and after clinical trials which can be an extremely anxious journey.
• Funding for an oesophageal cancer research project investigating whether epigenetic modulating compounds could be potential therapeutic agents for oesophageal cancer management.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

• The purchase of microneedles and/or probes for use in treatment of skin, colon or oesophageal cancers where surgery may not be suitable or may have already failed patients.
• Help fund an Oesophageal Cancer Research Project which is investigating the role of a cell recycling process in cancer reoccurrence. Many patients who exhibit an excellent response to first line therapy will have their cancer return. Additional treatments often have a poor response so there is an urgent need to develop new approaches for patients with oesophageal cancer.
• We need greater tools to answer the complexity of cancer in each patient and we will support a Cork research team which is looking at the role of bacteria and cancer as part of a national Precision Oncology effort to develop more personalised treatments for cancer patients.
• As women are thankfully living longer after cancer there are new challenges to be met. Radiothon funds could support the development of a nurse-led Women’s Cancer Survivorship Clinic, which will identify and manage important symptoms experienced by women impacted by effects of cancer treatment. It is hoped that it will lead to a decrease in the frequency and burden of symptoms among women who have been treated for cancer and improve their quality of life.

Cork Arc Cancer Support House:

Funds raised from Radiothon in 2019 contributed to the following:

  • Enhancing existing health & well-being programmes across ARC centres, including Hour of Calm, Yoga, Bereavement Support and Pilates for Men.
  • Training West Cork Volunteers in managing distressed and at-risk clients.
  • Upskilling touch therapists with cancer-specific training in complementary therapies of massage and reflexology and on-going supervision.
  • Developing the Get Active Programme for men with prostate or bowel cancer.

Funds raised this year will help with the following:

  • Specialist Nurse support on managing the side effects and impacts of cancer, including the heightened anxiety and isolation during the pandemic.
  • Losing a loved one to cancer is never easy. Covid-19 has added more heart ache and isolation for the bereaved. One to one support counselling and group support for families who have a lost a loved one to cancer.
  • Exercise is key for everyone, especially for cancer patients and family. Yoga, T’ai Chi and an Exercise Programme.
  • Patient, Family, Volunteer and Staff safety is of the utmost importance. Training and upskilling Volunteers in our new way of working and delivering our services in a safe way for our patients and relatives as we re-open and introduce more and more services delivery face to face. It involves education, induction and skills training.
  • Delivery of hybrid services, virtual and in person