Support for children and teenagers with cancer

On this page you will find information about support groups and networks for children and teenagers with cancer.

Irish Cancer Society support for children and teenagers with cancer

Our Cancer Support Department provides a range of cancer support services for people with cancer at home and in hospital including:

  • Our Cancer Nurseline Freephone 1800 200 700. Call our Cancer Nurseline and speak to one of our cancer nurses for confidential advice, support and information.
  • Our Daffodil Centres. Visit our Daffodil Centres, located in thirteen hospitals nationwide.
  • Support in your area. We work with cancer support groups and centres across the country.
  • Financial supportThe Irish Cancer Society’s Financial Support fund is available to assist children and their families on active treatment for a cancer diagnosis.
  • Patient travel. We provide practical support for patients in need, undergoing cancer treatments.
  • Night Nursing. We provide end-of-life care for cancer patients in their own home.
  • Our publications and website information. Visit our website or call the Cancer Nurseline for a free print copy of our publications.

To find out more about our services visit us at, call our Cancer Nurseline Freephone 1800 200 700 or email us at

Help and support for children and teenagers with cancer in the Republic of Ireland

Aoibheann's Pink Tie is a registered charity set up to provide practical assistance and support for families in need who have a child with cancer. They will take referrals from anywhere in the country through St. John’s Ward at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

Unit 22, Docklands Innovation Centre<,br>128-130 East Wall Road
Dublin 3

Tel:  01 2401300 / 086 353 3897

Barretstown is a specially-designed camp for children with serious illnesses and their families.

Ballymore Eustace

Tel: 045 864115

Bray Cancer Support Centre provides a range of support services for children and young adults, including counselling, arts and crafts and social outings.

Bray Cancer Support Centre
36 Main Street

Tel: 01 286 6966

Cancer Support Sanctuary LARCC services include a children’s play therapy, facilitated by a fully qualified children’s play therapist who is exploring the development and delivery of a set of support services for children and families.

Co Westmeath

Tel: Locall 18507 19719

CanTeen Ireland is a nationwide support group for young people who have or had cancer, and also for their brothers, sisters and friends.

CanTeen Ireland
Carmichael Centre
North Brunswick Street
Dublin 7

Tel: 01 872 2012

Childhood Cancer Foundation
Childhood Cancer Foundation is a registered charity run by family members of children with cancer.

It raises awareness of childhood cancer with the Light It Up Gold Campaign, advocates for improved services for children and families affected by childhood cancer and helps fund vital supports for parents and children who are affected by this disease.

Childhood Cancer Foundation,
Main Street,
Co. Meath.

Tel:  01-5545655
Reg Number 535330 CHY 21198

The Children and Young People Palliative Hub (CYPPH) is a gateway site which was developed to assist parents, guardians, carers and the wider public in understanding what children’s palliative care is, and seeks to filter the wide range of information available on the internet.
Tel: +353 (0)1 419 2948

Children in Hospital Ireland (CHI) works directly with children in hospitals to help them cope with illness and being in hospital. CHI also provides ongoing support to their families.

Children in Hospital Ireland
Carmichael Centre
Coleraine House
Coleraine Street
Dublin 7

Tel: 1890 25 26 82

The Children’s Leukaemia Association supports and assists families of children with leukaemia in the Munster region.

Children’s Leukaemia Association
9 Dyke Parade

Tel: 021 494 9801


CLIMB is a programme in the Tuam Cancer Care Centre. CLIMB is for children aged 5-12 who are experiencing the impact of a brother or sister's cancer diagnosis.


Cliona's Foundation is a registered charity providing financial assistance for “hidden costs” in caring for critically ill children in Ireland.

Unit B3
Eastway Business Park

Tel: 061-400640

The Cuisle Centre services include Play Therapy for for children with cancer and for children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.

Block Road
Co. Laois

Tel: 057 868 1492

Dochas Offaly Cancer Support aims to provide the highest quality holistic cancer support services to people throughout the Midlands whose lives have been affected by cancer. It offers a wide range of supports and services, from reiki and reflexology to creative writing and art classes.

Dochas Offaly Cancer Support
Teach Dochas
Offaly Street
Co. Offaly

Tel: 057 9328268

Hand in Hand is based in the west of Ireland and provides the families of children with cancer with much-needed practical support.

Hand in Hand 
8 Bride Street
Co. Galway
H62 HR77

Tel: 091 880360
Mobile: 087 6600103

Sligo Cancer Support Centre is a place of peace and hope where people with cancer and their families can access support, counselling, holistic therapies and healing workshops in a caring and tranquil environment in the North West of Ireland.  The centre offers a support group for children and young adults.

Tel: 071 9170399

South Eastern Cancer Foundation, the Solas Centre, offers support services to cancer patients, their families and their carers from the South East of Ireland. The Solas Centre offers art psychotherapy for children and one-to-one support.

Solas Centre
Co. Waterford

Tel: 051304604
Website: is a website full of transition information for young people, with long-term illnesses, moving to adult healthcare services.


Talk to other affected by cancer online

Visit our Online Community and talk to others affected by cancer. Find support from others and information on practical and emotional support available to you and your family. Register with our Online Community.

Interactive map

Click here for an interactive map of childhood cancer support services in Ireland.

Access to specialist cancer social workers

Irish Oncology and Haematology Social Workers Group

The Irish Oncology and Haematology Social Workers Group was founded in the early 1990’s. This group is dedicated to enhancing psychosocial services for people with cancer and their families. There is access to Irish Oncology and Haematology Social Workers at 18 hospitals in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.

The Irish Oncology and Haematology Social Workers Group has produced two special guides for parents and children with cancer.

Youth mental health bodies

ReachOut.coma service dedicated to taking the mystery out of mental health and which aims to provide quality assured mental health information, also provides information about other services that can help people deal with mental health problems. is run by the Inspire Ireland Foundation which is a not for profit, non government registered charity.

Tel: 01 7645666


Headstrong is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health - a non-profit organisation supporting young people's mental health in Ireland.

Tel: 01 4727010

Useful websites outside Ireland for children and teenagers with cancer, and their families

General information for parents, children and teenagers

Information and support for children and teenagers with leukaemia:

Support for children and teenagers with brain tumours:


We have a complete list of booklets and factsheets available to download, including information about cancer types, treatments, side-effects, emotional effects, financial information and more.

We also have publications on children and cancer. Download our publications on children and cancer.

Date Last Reviewed: 
Thursday, August 30, 2018