Welcome to the Northern Ireland Cancer Network

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network is a partnership of HSCNI organisations, academic, charity, cancer specialists and service users working in collaboration to deliver safe and effective care, improve cancer clinical outcomes and enhance patients and carers experience and quality of life.

Who are we & what do we do?

The Northern Ireland Cancer Network was formed in 2004 as Northern Ireland’s first Regional Clinical Network and links together the organisations that provide care for people with cancer across the 5 Health & Social care trusts in Northern Ireland.  The Network is part of the Health and Social Care Board. 

We do not actively deliver patient care, but work closely with service users, health professionals and managers to improve cancer services and to implement national and local NHS strategies. 


  • support our members in the delivery of services that are evidence based
  • ensure equity of access and uniform quality of services for the population of Northern Ireland, and
  • work across organisational boundaries following the patient pathway.

Read more about NICaN

Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) Guidelines for Upper GI Cancer

Affecting approximately 13,500 people per year, oesophago-gastric cancer is the fifth most common malignancy in the United Kingdom and fourth most common cause of cancer death. The incidence of adenocarcinomas of the lower oesophagus and gastro-oesophageal junction is increasing. Prognosis for most patients diagnosed with oesophago-gastric cancer remains poor, with overall 5-year survival rates being approximately 7% for oesophageal and 13% for gastric cancer [1].