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Cancer Information and Support Centre, launches new autumn programme of events

The Cancer Information and Support Centre, based in University Hospital Limerick has launched its autumn programme of events.  The free events are open to anyone from the Mid-West region that has, or has had cancer and their family regardless of where they had their treatment.

The Cancer Centre, located in the grounds of the University Hospital Limerick offers patients and their families’ practical information and emotional support in a friendly environment.

Complementary therapies delivered by qualified and accredited professional therapists who give their time on a voluntary basis are offered to patients.  Their services include counselling, psychology services, Reiki and Reflexology.

The full list of their free Autumn schedule is below.

New autumn programme of events
Day Event Time
Every Monday                                                                     Walking  Club   10.30am
Every Tuesday                                                   Afternoon Tea / Crafts  2.00pm
Tuesday (Monthly) Myeloma Support Group 7.30pm
Every Tuesday Mindfulness*  7.30pm
Every Wednesday Time To Adjust Programme 2.30pm
Every Wednesday Choir / Something To Sing About 7.00pm
Every Thursday Tai Chi Advanced/Beginners Class 400pm & 5.15pm
Thurs 6th Nov Look good, feel good  2:00pm
* held in Milford Hospice

Contact the Centre on 061 458163 if you are interested in attending any event.

As part of their Autumn schedule of events, the Centre is putting a call out for all cancer survivors to join their new ‘Something to Sing About’ choir.  ‘Something to Sing About’(STSA) was originally established in Galway by full time consultant medical oncologist Dr. Paul Donnellan in 2012.  Since then almost a dozen choirs have been set up throughout the country. 

The outlook for most cancer patients is good and improving all the time.  However patients continue to need ongoing support and music therapy is increasingly recognised as beneficial.  Maria Keane, the Cancer Centre Information and Support Centre Administrator, commented “The sense of camaraderie along with the immense therapeutic benefits that the choir members have experience have encouraged us here in Limerick to join in the fun.”  

Lilly McGarry, Choir Director added “SSTA is a choir for cancer patients and survivors. It will be relaxed and fun and no experience of singing is required.  Members of SSTA will feel a positive impact from singing.  Group singing has been proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety and elevate endorphins.  The release of these endorphins can leave you feeling completely rejuvenated.”

If you are a cancer survivor and can hold a note, then ring 061 485163 to join the group, rehearsals start shortly.

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