Support other cancer survivors

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Survivors Supporting Survivors is the Irish Cancer Society’s one-to-one support programme. In Survivors Supporting Survivors, volunteers who have had a cancer diagnosis in the past provide emotional and practical support to newly diagnosed patients.

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More about Survivors Supporting Survivors

Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the most difficult situations a person will have to face in their lifetime. Survivors Supporting Survivors is an Irish Cancer Society programme for people who have had a diagnosis of cancer who would like to speak to others who have had the same diagnosis. Through this programme you can speak to a trained volunteer who really knows what you are going through as cancer patient. Because our volunteers have also had cancer they too know what it’s like to live with the treatments and side effects of cancer and the emotional and practical issues that you may face as a cancer patient.

Survivors Supporting Survivors gives people with cancer the opportunity to have a listening ear from someone who really understands in a time when they need it most. All of our Survivors Supporting Survivors volunteers have had a cancer diagnosis. The volunteers have been carefully selected and trained to give support, practical information and reassurance when you need it most. You can speak to someone who really knows what you're going through.

What's involved in becoming a Survivors Supporting Survivors volunteer

In order to become a Survivors Supporting Survivors volunteer, you must be at least two years post-treatment for cancer.

With our Survivorship Programme programme you can learn how, as a cancer survivor, you can give one-to-one peer support, practical information and reassurance to cancer patients.

If you’ve come through a cancer experience, you can share your experience with others, one-on-one, as a Survivors Supporting Survivors volunteer. You may find that you benefit just as much as the people whose lives you touch, just by opening up about what you’ve been through.

Joining our Survivorship Programme as a Survivors Supporting Survivors volunteer can...

  • Help you come to terms with your diagnosis of cancer.
  • Let you discuss your feelings and anxieties about cancer treatments
  • Give you emotional support and practical advice

You can get support if you're facing a possible diagnosis, if you've been recently diagnosed or if you're dealing with the side effects of treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal therapy.


Information about the training involved in Survivors Supporting Survivors programme will be posted here soon.

How to apply

If you are interested, please let us know in any of the following ways:

More information

If you’re interested in finding out more about Survivors Supporting Survivors, or learning another way of volunteering with the Irish Cancer Society:

If you are affected by or concerned about cancer, there are other ways in which the Irish Cancer Society can help: