Where your money goes

Cancer incidence is on the rise. By 2020, 1 in 2 of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime. The Irish Cancer Society is working to stop this. By investing in cancer research and providing care and support to people affected by cancer, the Irish Cancer Society is stopping cancer in its tracks. Through research we are finding out more and more about how to diagnose, treat and how to stop cancer before its starts. By providing information, advice and support we are supporting people through their cancer experience and helping to reduce the fear of a cancer diagnosis. Read more about what we do.

The impact of your support last year:

Investments in cancer research

Since 2010 we've invested over €20 million in cancer research.

Since 2010 - thanks to the continual support of the Irish public - we have invested over €20 million into hundreds of innovative research projects making the Irish Cancer Society the largest voluntary funder of cancer research in Ireland.

Thanks to continued investment in research, 5 year survival rates have risen to 60% since 2012.

Find out about our research projects and how our research is making a difference.

Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses provided over 8,000 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. The service ensures that patients at the end of their cancer journeys are able to die at home with dignity, surrounded by loved ones. In 2016 over 1,900 patients and their families benefited from the services of an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse, funded almost entirely by the donations

Currently the Irish Cancer Society is the only charity in Ireland providing this service.

Learn more about our Night Nurse service.

Our Cancer Nurses fielded over 4,300 enquiries on the Cancer Nurseline Freephone 1800 200 700

Our Cancer Nurseline, staffed by specialist cancer nurses, provides comprehensive cancer support, advice and information to patients, carers, the general public and healthcare professionals. In 2016 over 4,300 people called a cancer nurse with questions or looking for advice or to find support.

The Nurseline can be accessed by Freephone 1800 200 700, by email at cancernurseline@irishcancer.ie or online via our online community.

38,500 people across Ireland got one-to-one cancer information, support and advice in our Daffodil Centres

Our Daffodil Centres are located in 13 hospitals nationwide and act as information and resource centres where anyone with questions or concerns about cancer can drop in and have a conversation with one of our cancer nurses or volunteers about any aspect of cancer.

Daffodil Centres also feature several of our Irish Cancer Society leaflets and booklets on different types of cancers that visitors can take away with them and read at home.

Learn more about Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centres and locate your nearest one.

Volunteer drivers provided 11,500 lifts to cancer patients, caring for patients from home to hospital and back

The Irish Cancer Society Volunteer Driver Service provides a lift for cancer patients to their local hospital in order to get to and from chemotherapy treatments. The service is provided free of charge for patients who otherwise would have to take a taxi or public transit to get to the hospital.

In 2016 our amazing volunteer drivers drove over 1,100 patients to their treatments, and wouldn't have been able to do without the support of the Irish public. Although the service is free for patients, the Irish Cancer Society reimburses petrol and parking costs for drivers, and along with the cost of coordinating drivers and patients it is an expensive service to maintain.

Over 700 people were referred to the Irish Cancer Society's Survivor Support Programme

Survivor Support is the Irish Cancer Society’s one-to-one support programme, providing emotional and practical support to newly diagnosed patients. Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most difficult situations a person will have to face in their lifetime. All of our Survivor Support volunteers have had a cancer diagnosis. The volunteers have been carefully selected and trained to give support, practical information and reassurance when you need it most.

Learn more about the Survivor Support Programme.

Over 960,000 people accessed information about cancer on our website

Last year almost a million people across Ireland visited www.cancer.ie to find out more information about different types of cancer: to learn about signs and symptoms, about treatment options, how to reduce their risk of cancer, how to get involved in the fight against cancer and much more.

We have invested over €30 million from voluntary donations into hundreds of innovative research projects, which have made over 700 new findings.

Funded research

We provide information, advice and support where needed--in hospitals, over the phone and online, as well as services and support networks for cancer patients and their families.

Our services

We work to influence decision-makers at government level around cancer and other health issues and empower advocates to help influence cancer policies.

More on advocacy


Our Impact Report

Irish Cancer Society 2016 Impact Report

We want you to know where your donated money is spent and what we do in the Irish Cancer Society. This report gives you a rundown on what your donation has helped us do in 2016.

Read the report