Who will look after me? – Nursing care and support for advanced cancer

Who will look after me?

In the later stages of cancer you are likely to need more support and care. This can be a big worry, especially if you don’t have a big network of friends and family around.

Even if you have friends and family you may still feel guilty about being a burden to them. But there are lots of sources of help and support. Some of these are listed below.

You can also contact the Irish Cancer Society Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700 or visit a Daffodil Centre for advice and information on care and support.

Palliative care

Palliative care is special care that is designed to improve your quality of life rather than trying to cure or control your illness. Palliative care aims to make you feel better physically and emotionally, by trying to relieve any symptoms or problems you have. 
Palliative care includes end-of-life care, but your doctor may also recommend palliative care earlier in your illness, to help improve your symptoms. For example pain or nausea. 
For more information about palliative care please see our palliative care section.


Other support

Cancer support groups and centres: Joining a support group can put you in touch with people who have been in a similar situation. They can give you practical advice about living with advanced cancer and be a source of comfort and strength.

Cancer support centres and groups are found in most counties in Ireland and can offer a wide range of services. See our guide to Irish Cancer Society Support Centres

If you feel a support service would help you and your family, call the Irish Cancer Society Cancer Nurseline on 1800 200 700. The nurses can give you more information on counselling or support groups in your area.

Useful websites (external links)

Healthtalk online Patient experience website where people share their real-life experiences of cancer and other illnesses  

Cancer Buddies Network – Support website where you can give and receive support and friendship with someone who has had a similar cancer experience, on a one-to-one basis or via the site forum.

The Samaritans – 24-hour confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Website with a helpful ‘find-a-therapist’ tool.

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Date Last Reviewed: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Date Last Revised: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015