Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)
It’s a tough journey when facing a cancer diagnosis – and for Teenagers & Young Adults we understand your needs, and we are here for you always. We have many supports available and can guide you however you need.
Supports Available – what we fund
Weekend at Barrettstown
We are delighted to have partnered with Barretstown to provide you with free weekends away for 18-24 year-olds. You’ll be able to meet other young people, and learn the things relevant to your life and your experience.
Our Support Line Nurses give confidential information, support and advice on supports available to anyone affected by cancer. You can ask to talk to our Children’s Cancer nurse.
Our Support Line is free to call on 1800 200 700. You can also email the nurses at email@example.com.
Our Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Driver Service is available for you when undergoing chemotherapy treatments at our partner hospitals.
Patients must be attending one of the hospitals participating in the programme and must be referred by the hospital. Ask your hospital social worker or nurse for more information.
Call the Volunteer Driver Service team on (01) 231 0522.
This nationwide transportation assistance fund is to support people in meeting some of the costs of travelling to current appointments.
The fund is made available by the National Cancer Control Programme and administered by the Irish Cancer Society. Up to €450 is available to cover transport costs you encounter when attending treatment.
Travel2Care | Irish Cancer Society
Contact our Travel2Care team at (01) 231 6643 / (01) 2310522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Support
We understand that living with cancer can bring so many challenges to your life.
The Society funds professional one to one, telephone and video-call counselling. Should you require access to psychology services, we can refer you to one of our partners.
How to access it
Our cancer nurses can tell you about services available and can refer you for support. Call our Support Line on Freephone 1800 200 700.
We run the “Childhood Cancer Fertility Project” in partnership with Merrion Fertility, which is open to anyone living with cancer up to the age of 24.
- Adolescents and young adults have access to an enhanced fertility preservation service for cancer patients operated by Merrion Fertility Clinic
- We invite female survivors of childhood cancers aged 18-24 to have their fertility needs assessed, and referred for further treatment or investigation where fertility treatments may still be an option.
Childhood Cancer Fertility Project | Irish Cancer Society
How to access this service
Please speak to your medical team who can discuss this further with you, and can refer you to the services available.
Download our Booklets and Factsheets on your type of cancer. These include details on; cancer types, tests, treatments, side-effects and how to cope.
Cancer types Tests Treatments and Side Effects How to cope
All of our publications are available by calling the Support Line on Freephone 1800 200 700 or in hospitals and Daffodil Centres across the country. You can also download them on cancer.ie
Benefits and Entitlements
Your financial stability is important. You and your family may be entitled to government supports including Illness Benefit, a Medical Card or Carer’s Allowance. Check-out the benefits which may apply for you.
Disability Access Route to Higher Education
The DARE (Disability Access Route to Higher Education) process now includes childhood cancer survivors. People up to the age of 23 can apply for this scheme through the "the Significant Ongoing Illness" in their application.
More information is available here: https://accesscollege.ie/dare/providing-evidence-of-your-disability/significant-ongoing-illness/
Three hospitals have been designated as “Shared Care Centres” for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Shared care means some of your care can be given at a designated centre in your local area, closer to home and easier for you to get to. This means you get the best care possible and don’t have to travel long distances to your hospital appointments.
Each Shared Care Centre also has a Daffodil Centre on-site. These are our Irish Cancer Society local cancer information and support centres which you can visit to meet our cancer nurses and trained volunteers available to answer your questions and help you. Daffodil Centres are located in hospitals where you will always find one of our experts ready to listen in confidence and offering support, advice and suggestions on local support groups. Your needs may include travel assistance, financial guidance or medical queries – visit our Daffodil Centre teams or call our Support Line and we will assist you every step of the way
Cork: Daffodil Centre Cork University Hospital | Irish Cancer Society
Dublin: Daffodil Centre St. James's Hospital | Irish Cancer Society
Galway: Daffodil Centre University Hospital Galway | Irish Cancer Society
Real Cost of Cancer
Cancer patients and their loved ones face a significant financial challenge while undergoing treatment.
The Irish Cancer Society's ‘Real Cost of Cancer’ campaign aims to raise awareness about this issue and ensure it remains a Government focus to improve the supports available to you.
We understand that the costs associated with cancer cause immense anxiety and distress during a physically and financially vulnerable time. Additionally our ever increasing cost of living has made this intolerable reality, worse.
Our Pre-Budget Submission to Government proposes positive recommendations by investing in young adults with cancer and the services available. Read our submissions here:
We always welcome cancer patients, survivors, family members, caregivers and anyone passionate about improving outcomes for young adults with cancer to lend their voices to our vital campaigns.
By joining our Advocacy Network, you can help to ensure that your voice as a young person affected by cancer is heard and represented to bring better supports:
For more information
01 231 0500