Providing professional care, advice and support to cancer patients

Irish Cancer Society cancer nurses work every day to provide the very best care, advice and support to cancer patients and their loved ones. Thanks to your generosity, we are able to support people through their cancer experience and help reduce the fear and burden of a cancer diagnosis.

Last year more than 50,000 people affected by cancer received free information, care and support from our cancer nurses and affiliate support centres.

How our Cancer Nurses helped last year

Free information, advice and support provided through the Cancer Nurseline

In 2017 over 3,600 people across Ireland called our freephone Cancer Nurseline with questions or concerns about cancer.

Our Cancer Nurseline is staffed by specialist cancer nurses who provide confidential support and information to anyone affected by cancer - patients, loved ones, or any member of the public who is concerned about any type of cancer.

Cancer Nurse Roz on the freephone nurseline
Roz, a Cancer Nurse on the Cancer Nurseline

The Nurseline operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm on Freephone 1800 200 700, as well as through email and our online community.

Watch: About the Irish Cancer Society Cancer Nurseline

One-on-one confidential advice and support through nurses and volunteers at Daffodil Centres

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centres provided information and support to more than 40,000 people.

Daffodil Centre team in front of a Daffodil Centre
Mary, a cancer nurse and volunteers Helen, Miriam and Nuala in front of their Daffodil Centre

Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centres are based in 13 hospitals around the country and allow people affected by cancer to speak directly to a Cancer Nurse and get free, one-on-one information about cancer.

Read more about Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centres and locate your nearest centre.

End of life care for terminally ill patients in the comfort of their homes

Irish Cancer Society Night Nurses provided over 7,300 nights of end of life care to 1,800 people.

Mary, an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse
Mary, an Irish Cancer Society Night Nurse

For cancer patients that are not going to survive their diagnosis, we provide a service called Night Nursing which allows the patient to spend their remaining time in the comfort of their homes, surrounded by loved ones.

Night Nurses are trained cancer nurses who specialise in end of life care. They provide up to 10 nights of care for cancer patients who are at the end of their cancer journey, in their own home, during the last days of their life.

Watch: The impact of Night Nursing: Mary and Áine

Read more about the Irish Cancer Society Night Nursing service.

Providing cancer support in every community in Ireland

Your support funds cancer support centres across the country. The Society works with cancer support groups and centres across Ireland to make sure cancer patients and their loved ones have access to confidential support including one-on-one counselling.

Portrait of cancer support centre staff

Thanks to your support, last year over 1,500 people received free counselling in their community to help them cope with a cancer diagnosis in their life. In addition to counselling, a further €361,000 was granted through the Society’s affiliated cancer support centres around the country to facilitate counselling sessions.

Learn more about counselling services for people affected by cancer and see a list of the support groups and centres we fund.

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