How we’ve helped

For more information about our areas of impact last year, click each headline to expand and read more.

Since 1963 we've invested over €30 million in cancer research.

Since 1963, thanks to supporters like you we have invested over €30 million into hundreds of innovative research projects making the Irish Cancer Society the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland. Find out about our research projects and how our research is making a difference.

We provided 8,265 cancer patient journeys, caring for patients from home to hospital and back.

The Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Driving Service provides transport for cancer patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments.

Legislation came into effect banning the use of sunbeds by anyone 18 & under.

After years of campaigning by the Irish Cancer Society the use of sunbeds is now controlled by law. From the 21st of July 2014 under 18s were banned from using sunbeds.

Our Cancer Information Nurses fielded 30,531 enquiries on the Cancer Nurseline.

Our Cancer Nurseline, staffed by specialist cancer nurses, provides comprehensive cancer support, advice and information to patients, carers, the general public and healthcare professionals.

44,195 people got cancer information, support and advice in our Daffodil Centres.

Our Daffodil Centres in 13 locations nationwide provide cancer information, support and advice in local hospitals and provide a wide range of information to anyone affected by or concerned about cancer.

136 cancer survivor volunteers lended support to over 1,000 cancer patients.

Survivors Supporting Survivors is the Irish Cancer Societys one-to-one support programme, providing emotional and practical support to newly diagnosed patients.

We successfully lobbied the government to extend the BreastCheck programme.

After years of campaigning, and with your support, the Government finally announced the extension of the BreastCheck Screening Programme to to women aged 65-69.

Our Night Nurses provided 7,800 nights of care to cancer patients and their families.

Our night nursing service provides end of life care for cancer patients and their families in their own home.

We've invested over €1.32 million in financial aid to help families in financial hardship facing a cancer diagnosis.

We've created a special fund to help families in financial hardship when faced with a cancer diagnosis. The fund is for patients that have been diagnosed with cancer, and who are personally unable to meet a specific financial burden that arises exclusively out of a diagnosis or treatment of cancer.

Our volunteer advocates sent over 2,000 letters to their local TDs.

Our cancer advocacy initiatives influence decision-makers at government level and empower anyone who wishes to get involved and help to influence cancer policy.

Read some stories of hope from cancer survivors