Cancer Care

The Mater Hospital offers a national service for cancer patients from around Ireland, and last year treated over 8,000 on its day ward

Excellence in patient care

The oncology team in the Mater Hospital take wonderful care of people suffering from cancer. The patients receive a range of treatments including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This includes newer techniques such as immunotherapy – this forms part of its clinical trials and research projects.

In 2015, the new Cancer Day Unit opened in the Mater. Thanks to our incredible supporters who raised €625,000, the Unit has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.


Focusing on the future

With the immense support shown for the Cancer Day Unit, the Mater Hospital Foundation is now working with the hospital to ensure new and important services are added to cancer care.

These include:

  • Establishing a dedicated phone line to the unit so patients can seek advice and support from nurses – all from the comfort of their home
  • Investment in cancer clinical trials to patients in Ireland at the centre of global research and benefits
  • Providing additional equipment for the Cancer Day Ward

Women’s Cancer


The Mater Hospital Foundation is extremely proud to support BreastHealth Mater, a service which offers support and care to women who are being tested, in treatment, or are recovering from breast cancer.

With 14,000 new attendances each year and around 700 new cases are diagnosed annually, BreastHealth Mater is a vital service.

The foundation fundraises to assist the Mater Hospital to care for women with ovarian cancer, amongst others, to make sure women and their families are looked after in a comfortable space.

Some of the crucial investments made possible by our supporters include:

  • Funding a lymphedema service to ensure women suffering its painful effects are diagnosed and treated promptly
  • Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day: The Foundation supports and information event that provides women access to first-hand information on breast reconstruction after a mastectomy
  • Brest Cancer Survivor App: For mobile devices, the app was developed to help women in recovery to live healthier lives after treatment and avoid recurrence of problems

The Mater Hospital Foundation also supports research into beating cancer

Patient Stories

We are privileged to meet some remarkable and inspiring patients. Read how your donations are changing, and saving, their lives.


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