Cancer support in your area
The Irish Cancer Society works with cancer support services around the country to ensure that no matter where in Ireland you are, you’ll have access to safe and confidential support.
There are many kinds of cancer support services, but all of them provide a setting where cancer patients can talk to each other about living with cancer.
Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Centres provide cancer information, support and advice in local hospitals across the country. Anyone affected by cancer can drop in to a centre and receive one-on-one information, support and advice from one of our trained cancer nurses.
The Irish Cancer Society provides funding to many professionally trained counselors to make sure anyone affected by cancer can find someone to talk to when they need it. Counselling is there for patients, their family members and significant others (a partner or friend).
Our affiliated cancer support centres provide a range of services for cancer patients and their families, generally operating drop-in services where anyone concerned with cancer can call in for a cup of tea, access information about cancer and learn about available programmes.
Join our online community and chat with other people affected by cancer including other patients and loved ones. Our community is moderated by trained cancer nurses and can respond to any specific questions or concerns you might have about a cancer diagnosis affecting your life.
Whether you prefer the input of a professional, a circle of peers or an online forum from the comfort of your home, a good support system can help you cope with cancer.
Cancer support centres
A cancer support centre is a facility that provides a range of services for cancer patients and their families. Some centres in Ireland are on or near hospital grounds; however, the majority are community-based.
Cancer support centres generally operate a drop-in service where anyone concerned with cancer can call in for a cup of tea, access information about cancer and learn about the programmes available in the centre. Most centres provide a wide range of services including professional counselling and complementary therapies.
Expressive therapies such as creative writing and art, along with gentle exercise like yoga and tai chi are generally free of charge, but you must book them. Some centres offer specialist services such as prosthesis fitting and manual lymph drainage.Affiliated cancer support groups offer recognised exercise programmes developed by the Irish Cancer Society such as the Strides for Life exercise programme.
Many types of cancer support groups as well as peer support are offered in cancer support centres nationwide. Our Living Life group offers support for people who have been recently diagnosed with secondary cancer.
Professionally-led support groups
Professionally led support groups are facilitated by professionals like social workers, psychologists, or oncology nurses. The facilitator both manages discussions and provides all the administration for the group such as booking the room and inviting members.
These types of support group may run for a specified period of time and follow a format. Guest speakers are often an integral part of this type of group.