Our services for children and families
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 for Living, Childhood Cancer Foundation, and CanTeen Ireland. The programme 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 have been treated for cancer in the past.
This service is also available to other adult family members (eg grandparents, aunts etc).
Speak to a parent who's been there
To be referred to one of our trained parent volunteers please call the Irish Cancer Society Support Line on Freephone 1800 200 700 or by email.
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:
- Children and Young People with Cancer (A Guide for Parents) – This booklet is written for parents whose child has been diagnosed with cancer.
- Understanding brain and spinal cord tumours in children - A guide for parents of children with a brain tumour
- Precious Times - A handbook on palliative care for parents of children 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.
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 financial support fund for children and their families, is available to assist children on active treatment for a cancer diagnosis.
This fund is for patients under the age of 18 years, who have been diagnosed with cancer, and whose family are unable to meet a specific financial burden that has come about as a direct result of their illness.
Find out more here.
Free support over the phone and email
Our Support Line nurses can give advice on all types of cancer, coping, supports available and more. You can ask to talk to our Children’s Cancer nurse. Our Support Line is free to call on 1800 200 700 for parents of children with cancer. You can also email the nurses at email@example.com.
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 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. Read more about the project and its aims. We also have information on fertility and children's cancer.
For more information
1800 200 700