Despite advances in medical technology, cancer is still one of the leading causes of death globally, leaving many patients to deal with the emotional and psychological aspects associated with cancer and its treatment (Department of Children & Health 2006). Women diagnosed with breast cancer have a 70-90% survival rate at 5 years, of which 30% will experience psychological morbidity (Southern Health Board 2002). Hence the prevalence of psychological morbidity needs to be addressed if a holistic approach to healthcare is to be provided.
The recognition and management of psychological conditions are an integral part of comprehensive cancer care. As a result, the Health Services Executive as part of the continuing expansion of Cork Radiation Oncology Department created Ireland?s first role of Information and Support Radiation Therapist and many other departments have since followed in their lead. The Radiation Therapist appointed to this role in June 2005 was Ca...