Introduction to The Irish Lung Cancer Nurses Group (ILCNG)

The aims of the Irish Lung Cancer Nurses Group are;

• To participate fully in the development of lung cancer nursing in Ireland

• To promote the highest possible standard of care for people with lung cancer nationwide

• To participate appropriately with international nursing organisations

Mission statement

To promote optimal quality of life for people with lung cancer nationally



• Enhance the care of lung cancer patients by the dissemination of best practice and the sharing of information


• Assist with the development of the lung cancer nurse’s role

• Support colleagues new in post

• Highlight new developments

• Promote awareness of lung cancer amongst the general public


• Provision of a forum to update professionals on new developments


• Raising the profile of nursing. In particular, highlight the uniqueness, competence and importance of the nursing input for lung cancer patients

• Provide support and opportunities for networking

Committee Members

Coordinator Olivia Grady

Co-coordinator  Yvonne Gahan

Contact details

Olivia Grady -

Yvonne Gahan -

Useful Websites

Irish Thoracic Society

Irish Lung Health Alliance

British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG)

Mesothelioma UK

Mesothelioma Guide

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC)

International Association for the study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)

International Thoracic Oncology Nursing Forum (ITONF

Welcome to the ILCNG!

While the ILCNG has been in existence for many years, we were officially only four nurses when we affiliated with the IANO at the end of 2012. Since becoming a Special Interest Group of the IANO, we have successfully run two lung cancer workshops at the annual IANO conference and run two annual article competitions, providing an educational bursary award which allows the winner to attend an International lung cancer conference.

2013 Lung cancer workshop

Lung Cancer Update - Dr Finbarr O'Connell - Consultant in Respiratory Medicaine, St. James Hospital, Dublin.

Stereotactic Radiotherapy - Dr. Alina Mihai - Consultant Radiation Oncology, UPMC, Beacon Hospital, Sandyford, Dublin.

2014 Lung cancer workshop

Breathlessness in lung cancer - Julie Burkin, Occupational Therapist & Lead Practitioner in the Breathlessness Intervention Service in Cambridge University Hospital.

Targeted therapies in lung cancer - Dr Sanjay Popat, Consultant Thoracic Medical Oncologist in the Royal Marsden Hospital, London and president of the British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG)

2015 Lung Cancer Workshop

 "Living Beyond Lung Cancer" - A survivershop Programme -  Ms  Collette Grant, Cancer Information Service Nurse &  Ms Maeve O Grady Senior Physiotherapist CUH.

 Meeting the Mesothelioma Challenge - Ms Liz Darlison, Macmillan Mesothelioma Nurse Consultant, Mesothelioma UK/University Hospital of Leicester.

2017 Lung Cancer Workshop

Lung cancer clinical trials – Ms Linda Coate, Consultant Oncologist, Limerick University Hospital

Nursing issues with immunotherapy – Ms Jane Lynch, Lead Cancer Nurse Manager, Harley Street Clinic London

2013 Educational bursary award

Congratulations to Dympna McPhilips who won the 2013 ILCNG article competition. Dympna travelled to the 19th Annual perspectives in Thoracic Oncology in New York in November 2014.

2014 Educational bursary award

Congratulations to Nuala Hannon who won the 2014 ILCNG article competition. Nuala traveled to the NLCNF annual conference in the UK in November 2014. Read Nuala's article here

2015 Educational bursary award

There were no entries to the 2015 educational bursary award. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Aoife on

2016 Educational Bursary

Irish Lung Cancer Nurses Group would like to announce their 2016 educational bursary. We are happy to fund one nurse to attend the World Conference on Lung Cancer 2016 in Vienna:

There are strict conditions attached to this bursary.


Conditions include:

Ø The nurse must be a member of the IANO

Ø The nurse must have an oral presentation accepted to present at the conference to be eligible for the bursary

Ø The nurse must be lead author on the oral submission

Ø In the event that more than one nurse is accepted to present orally at WCLC, the ILCNG committee will choose an ILCNG representative

Ø The nurse cannot have won the ILCNG poster competition within the last three years

 Deadline for entry: Please note you must notify the ILCNG by June 30th if you have submitted to present orally.

 The winner will be notified by September 21st

The prize includes conference registration, flights and accommodation

 Entries can be emailed to

 Any questions please contact (ILCNG coordinator)

Abstract submissions for WCLC open on January 20th and Close June 30th, authors are notified on September 14th.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on


We've gone global!

In 2014 we  focused on reaching out to similar organisations and building the foundations for a stronger ILCNG. We have received very supportive advice from these organisations and are hopeful that we will continue to have ILCNG members representing us at national and international level in 2015. You can read about our recent trips in the upcoming IANO newsletter;

• Dympna Mc Philips attended the 19th Annual Perspectives in Thoracic Oncology in New York in November 2014

• Nuala Hannon attended the National Lung Cancer Nurses Forum annual conference in November 2014

• Aoife Mc Namara and Denise Tuohy attended a patient advisory meeting on ALK positive NSCLC in Milan in December 2014

In December 2014 we published an article about our group in the International Thoracic Oncology Nurses Forum (ITONF) newsletter:

NCCP National Lung Cancer Audit, Quality & Risk Forum 6th May 2016

The Role of Specialist Nurses in Lung Cancer Jenny Mitchell, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Thoracic Surgery, UK

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Upcoming Events


European Lung Cancer Conference 

May 5 – 8 2017, Geneva, Switzerland  


18th World Conference on Lung Cancer

October 15 – 18 2017, Yokohama Japan