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 support: The 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.
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.
Aoibheann Pink Tie
Unit 5, Orion Business Campus
Northwest Business Park, Ballycoolin
Tel: 01 2401300 / 086 353 3897
Barretstown provides life-changing therapeutic recreation programmes for children affected by serious illness and their families. Barretstown’s specially designed Residential Programmes are free of charge and supported behind the scenes by 24-hour on site medical and nursing care. Our camps cater for families, children and teens, siblings and bereaved families. We also bring the magic of camp to children in hospitals and schools around Ireland through our Outreach Programme. At Barretstown, we aim to provide a continuum of care to support the child and their family on their journey through serious illness, helping to rebuild confidence, self-esteem and independence. Barretstown is recognised as a centre of excellence and the leading provider of Therapeutic Recreation in Europe. Childhood stops for seriously ill children. At Barretstown, we Press Play on childhood.
CanCare4Living represents survivors of childhood and adolescent cancers and we are working to help deliver a national support service to monitor and protect their health and well-being.
• Connecting with and listening to survivors at our roadshows and ‘make your voice heard’ meetings
• Promoting the need for survivors to receive their treatment summary and a plan for their future care
• Co-operate and collaborate with medical, nursing and psychology specialists, with the Irish Cancer Society and the National Cancer Control Programme to establish high-quality survivor support in Ireland.
• Attending national and international meetings on survivorship best practice
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.
CanTeen Ireland is a nationwide support group for young people who have or had cancer, and also for their brothers, sisters and friends.
North Brunswick Street
Childhood Cancer Foundation is a national, registered charity set up and led by parents 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,
Tel: 01-554 5655
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
The Nesta Building
4-5 Burton Hall Road
The Children’s Leukaemia Association supports and assists families of children with leukaemia and other cancers in the Munster region.
Children’s Leukaemia Association
CUH Administration Building,
Cork University Hospital
Cliona's Foundation is a registered charity providing nationwide financial assistance to families of children with a life limiting condition to help with the non-medical costs associated with caring for their child.
National Technology Park
The Cuisle Centre services include Play Therapy for for children with cancer and for children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer.
The Gavin Glynn Foundation believes that all children with cancer deserve the best care, wherever that might be.
Our mission is to help all children fighting cancer in Ireland with:
1: Travel Assist program which includes:
• Transportation (eg. Flights, Car Hire, ground transport)
• Accommodation within, or close to, the designated medical center.
• Food and living expenses for the duration of the child’s treatment while abroad.
2: NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) Testing.
• Next generation molecular testing which uses genetic information to determine the right treatment, for the right patient, at the right time.
3: To provide funding for prompt cost-effective second opinions and a referral system to selected cancer centres worldwide, so patients can be matched with appropriately focused physicians and scientists; and to support families who need to travel for treatment.
Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow,
Ireland. A63 Y003
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
The Palliative Hub has been developed by All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) with a number of palliative and hospice care stakeholders to act as a gateway to information and resources about palliative care on the island of Ireland. The Hub seeks to deliver this information and resources to a number of audiences through different components: Children and Young People, Adult, Professional, Learning Platform and Caring for Carers.
Purple House Cancer Support (formerly Bray Cancer Support Centre) provides a range of support services for children and young adults, including counselling, arts and crafts and social outings.
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: 071 917 0399
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.
Steppingup.ie 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.
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.com, a 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. ReachOut.com is run by the Inspire Ireland Foundation which is a not for profit, non government registered charity.
Headstrong is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health - a non-profit organisation supporting young people's mental health in Ireland.
Useful websites outside Ireland for children and teenagers with cancer, and their families
General information for parents, children and teenagers
- Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group - After Cure
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.