Introduction to The Irish Gynaecology Oncology Nurses Group (IGONG)

We are a small, dedicated group of Gynaecology Oncology Nurses working within 7 centers of expertise in gynaecological malignancies.

In 2001 our group decided to form what is now known as the Irish Gynaecology Oncology Nurses Group (IGONG).

The purpose of the association is to establish effective communication links and exchange of knowledge between each other and to participate fully in the development of gynaecological cancer services within the current changing health care environment.

Through the facilitation of annual conferences we endeavor to raise awareness of gynaecological cancers and highlight relevant research innovations.

Recently we have affiliated with the Irish Association of Nurses in Oncology. We will now be known as a specialist interest group within this much larger network of Irish nurses working in oncology. This will allow IGONG to have a greater impact within the field of oncological nursing in Ireland. We have recently networked and agreed to be linked with the UK based National Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses.

Mission Statement of IGONG

IGONA aims to provide all nurses and allied health professionals who have an interest or specialty in gynaecological oncology with a useful, evidenced based resource to guide practice and provide support in the management of gynaecological cancer patients.  IGONA strives to highlight the physical, emotional, psychosocial and psychosexual effects a gynaecological cancer diagnosis & subsequent treatment has on women & their families.  By doing this we hope that women can be better supported throughout their cancer journey.

Purpose/Objective of IGONG

  • To provide a support network and forum for nurses and allied health professionals working in the gynaecology oncology field.
  • To raise awareness of gynaecological cancer in Ireland.
  • To participate fully in the development of gynaecological cancer services within the current changing health care environment.
  • To highlight relevant research innovations.
  • To promote awareness of the needs of patients with gynaecological cancer.

Committee Members

Coordinator:  Emma Nixon, Gynaecological oncology nurse coordinator,

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin


Co Coordinator: Sheilah Broderick, Gynaecology oncology clinical nurse specialist,

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital Dublin


Co Coordinator: Claire Gildea, Radiation Oncology Nurse Specialist

St Lukes Hospital Dublin


Contact Details:

enixon@mater.ie

sbroderick@mater.ie

claire.gildea@slh.ie

Membership of IGONG

At its inception the group was understandably small, with the aim of eventual expansion to more members of the nursing profession.

We are now delighted to be affiliated with the Irish Association for Nurses in Oncology. This affiliation will allow us to expand our membership to all nurses working within this special interest area.

Useful Links

http://www.jostrust.org.uk/                 http://www.esgo.org

http://nfgon.org.uk/links.htm              http://www.icorg.ie

http://bgcs.org.uk/                             http://www.thebms.org.uk

http://ovacare.com                            http://www.adoptionboard.ie

http://www.cancer.org                       http://www.ncri.ie

http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk            http://www.whc.ie

http://www.cervicalcheck.ie               http://www.nisig.ie

http://www.cancer.gov

Contact Details

Address: PO Box. 1499, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Email: info@iano.ie

Google Maps: See our location online.

Call us: 086 8227220

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