Sheyla Ryan

The impact of your support

Thanks to your support, more people are surviving cancer than ever before.

Read on to learn about how we are making a difference in the fight against cancer in Ireland.

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Last year over €21 million was raised through donations, fundraising campaigns and our charity shops across the country. 

Thanks to the support of the Irish public, over 1.6 million people across Ireland received free information, advice and support through services provided by the Irish Cancer Society in 2019.

Did you know? The Irish Cancer Society receives only 3% of its income from the Government so it is thanks to our amazing donors, fundraisers and volunteers that we are able to provide services and support that make sure that nobody in Ireland has to face cancer alone. Read more about how we are funded.

Free care, advice and support for cancer patients and their loved ones 

For cancer patients and their families, a cancer diagnosis can be devastating. It can be very hard making sense of a diagnosis and navigating the healthcare system during treatment.

Irish Cancer Society cancer nurses work every day to provide the very best care, advice and support to cancer patients and their loved ones, making sure they have the most up to date information to make the right decisions about treatment and have the best possible outcomes.

How do we do this?

The Society’s Cancer Nurses are available to talk to anyone concerned about cancer on the Cancer Support line, 1800 200 700.

In 2019 our nurses answered 7,607 calls from people with questions or concerns about cancer. Read more about our Support Line. 

This support is also available face to face through our 13 Daffodil Centres, located in hospitals across Ireland. In 2019, Daffodil Centre nurses and volunteers helped 17,598 people with questions and concerns about cancer. Find your local Daffodil Centre.

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“It is a place where you feel safe to rant and rave and not be judged as you come to cope and accept what is happening. It’s a place where you can debrief, you are listened to, and guidance is shown to you. It’s where staff see you as you, not someone with 'cancer'. To be able to drop in was amazing. The staff were always friendly and never rushed me. I would be lost without it.”

Daffodil Centre visitor
Daffodil Centre Volunteers

Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses provided 7,220 nights of nursing care to 1,887 cancer patients at the end of their lives, in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by their loved ones.

This service is unique in Ireland and allows patients to spend their precious remaining hours at home with loved ones instead of in a hospice or hospital. Read more about Night Nursing.

Your support funds free counselling sessions delivered through our network of affiliated cancer support centres in communities across Ireland.

Free counselling was provided to over 1,600 people across the country, helping them deal with a cancer diagnosis in their life. Read more about counselling offered to people affected by cancer.

Providing free, up to date information about cancer through our website and publications

Through information on our website and in our cancer booklets, we let cancer patients, their families and the general public know the facts about individual cancers, from signs and symptoms to treatments and ways to help recovery.

Over 1.4 million people visited www.cancer.ie in 2019, accessing free information about cancer, support in their communities, and how to cope with a diagnosis in their lives.

We also provided over 215,000 free cancer information booklets and leaflets to health organisations, hospitals and doctors' offices across Ireland. These publications help people know more about cancer, from how to reduce their risk to coping with a diagnosis. Browse our cancer publications.

Finding better treatments and ways to stop cancer through research

Thanks to investing in cancer research, we are constantly finding new and better treatments. Because of this work, made possible by your support, more people are surviving cancer today than ever before.

Since 2010, the Society has committed over €27 million to cancer research making it the leading voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland. Learn more about the life-saving cancer research happening right now in Ireland thanks to your support.

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"I am well, and my cancer is in remission. I quite literally owe my life to cancer research. Twenty years ago, women with HER2-positive disease had the poorest outcomes of all breast cancers. Today, thanks to Herceptin, they have one of the best."

Rhona, Dublin
Rhona Nally

The Irish Cancer Society is funding more than 100 cancer researchers, from laboratory researchers to research nurses to population scientists, working on projects that will ultimately lead to better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.

Through cancer research funded by you, we are finding out more and more about how to diagnose, treat, and how to stop cancer before its starts. Read more about our cancer research.

Help with day to day planning during cancer treatment

For cancer patients and their loved ones, practical supports help make going through cancer a little bit easier. Whether it's help with bills, work and finances, or help getting to cancer treatment, the Irish Cancer Society is there every step of the way.

Help getting to and from life-saving cancer treatments

Irish Cancer Society volunteers drove 1,684 cancer patients to their chemotherapy appointments in hospital as part of our Volunteer Driver Service.

The service makes sure patients can get their life-saving treatment if they don't have their own car or access to public transit to make the journey themselves. Learn more about our patient travel service.

Financial aid for families struggling with a cancer diagnosis

Nearly 200 families received financial aid to support parents of children undergoing cancer treatment and experiencing financial trouble. Learn more about our Children's Fund.

Another 1,037 cancer patients received assistance with transport costs totalling over €288,000 through the Society’s Travel2Care fund.

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“The financial support was massive really. It’s only when you’re in a situation like this that you realise that you need help. As in staying in hospital, my child needed all new pyjamas, luggage, towels, bed linen at home, thermometer and other essentials. I felt at ease to go shopping as the Irish Cancer Society had placed money in my account, I could afford that otherwise as I’m not working and there are five other children at home.”

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Mother and son

Keeping cancer on the Government’s agenda and campaigning for patients

Through cancer advocacy, we work to improve the lives of people affected by cancer by informing and influencing Government policy and legislation. This way we make sure the voices of cancer patients and their loved ones are being heard.

Some of our current cancer advocacy issues include:

  • Calling for the removal of unfair inpatient charges that cancer patients must pay when staying overnight in hospital (€80 per overnight hospital stay, to a maximum of €800 a year).
  • Pushing the HSE to stop using debt collection agencies to pursue cancer patients owing on their medical bills.
  • Making sure the Minister for Health publishes new cancer care guidelines so cancer patients and family members are treated with compassion and are offered either free or reduced car parking charges.
  • Lobbying to reduce the Drugs Payment Scheme minimum so more cancer patients can afford their life-saving cancer treatment medicines, and campaigning to remove prescription charges.

Learn more about our cancer advocacy.

Raising awareness about how to prevent cancer

4 out of 10 cancer cases are preventable by following the European Code Against Cancer. Each year, the Society runs awareness campaigns and programmes to raise awareness of cancer symptoms, cancer prevention and to support people to make lifestyle changes that can help reduce their risk of cancer.

Through our community cancer prevention programmes we work with at-risk groups to reduce their cancer risk in their everyday lives.

Our X-HALE initiative is rolled out by the Society each year as part of the ongoing fight to decrease the number of young people smoking.

Through the campaign, over 400 young people and 56 youth and community groups across 22 counties were supported in creating their own anti-smoking campaigns to encourage their peers and communities to be tobacco-free.

We Can Quit is a 12-week programme offered to women in target communities in Dublin and Cork where smoking prevalence is high.

This free programme offers women a supportive environment in which to quit smoking. It offers one to one support, group support and Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy. 

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"I found it absolutely brilliant because you have the support of the facilitators, the support of the other ladies in the group and the nicotine replacement which the Society actually pays for if you don’t have a medical card."

Pauline, We Can Quit facilitator & ex-smoker
Pauline Williams

Fit for Work and Life is a 12-week health and well-being programme based on the European Code against Cancer and the Ottawa Charter of Health Promotion. The purpose of the programme is to build participants’ understanding of the importance of health and keeping well for their family and their working lives.

€14 million
spent each year on cancer research, patient care & support
1.4 million
people received free information, care & support
€27 million
invested in life-saving cancer research since 2010

Progress in surviving cancer

1999

4 out of 10 people survived a cancer diagnosis.

2019

6 out of 10 people are surviving a cancer diagnosis.

Our future

10 out of 10 people will survive a cancer diagnosis.

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