Services for children with cancer
The Irish Cancer Society provides free services to all those affected by cancer, including children and their families.
Parent Peer-to-Peer Support
We run a Parent Peer-to-Peer Support programme along with CanCare Living, Childhood Cancer Foundation, and CanTeen Ireland that connects parents of children with cancer with trained parent volunteers who really know what the parent is going through. All our parent volunteers have children who, in the past, have been treated for cancer.
This service is also available to other adult family members (eg grandparents, aunts etc).
Information about childhood cancer
We produce booklets specifically for children with cancer. These books are sponsored by the Irish Cancer Society or produced in partnership with specialist paediatric centres and healthcare professionals:
- Helping Hand - A guide for parents of children with a brain tumour
- Precious Times - A handbook on palliative care for parents of children with cancer
- Children and Young People with Cancer (A Guide for Parents) – This booklet is written for parents whose child has been diagnosed with cancer.
- Guide for families of children receiving proton beam therapy This leaflet will tell you all you need to know if your child is going to have proton beam therapy abroad. (Download only)
We cover design, print and distribution costs for these materials while working with specialist paediatric centres and healthcare professionals on content.
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 below:
Services for children with cancer and their families
Help with transportation costs to hospital
Travel2Care is a fund, made available by the National Cancer Control Programme and managed by the Irish Cancer Society. It is for patients who are having difficulty getting to and from their treatments while attending one of the centres of excellence or their satellites.
The Irish Cancer Society's Children's Fund
The Irish Cancer Society’s Children's Fund Programme is available to assist children and their families on active treatment for a cancer diagnosis.
Free support over the phone and email
Our Support Line is free to call on 1800 200 700 for parents of children with cancer and the nurses on our Support Line can give advice on all types of cancer, coping, supports available and more. You can also email the nurses at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In-home end-of-life nursing care
We provide end-of-life care for cancer patients in their own home. Our specialist palliative care nurses do care for patients of all ages, including children.
One-to-one advice and information
Our Daffodil Centres are located in 13 hospitals nationwide. The centres are staffed by cancer nurses and trained volunteers who provide confidential advice, support and information to anyone affected by cancer, including children and family of children going through cancer.
Childhood Cancer Fertility Project
The Childhood Cancer Fertility Project is a partnership between the Irish Cancer Society and Merrion Fertility Clinic which aims to ensure that, where possible, lifesaving treatment for children does not come at the cost of their future dreams of parenthood. Find out more here.
For more information
1800 200 700