Irish Cancer Society

Irish Cancer Society services

The Irish Cancer Society funds a range of support services that provide care and support for people with cancer at home and in hospital.

  • Cancer Information Service (CIS)
  • Daffodil Centres
  • Cancer support groups
  • Survivors Supporting Survivors
  • Counselling
  • Night nursing
  • Oncology liaison nurses
  • Cancer information booklets and factsheets
  • Financial support
  • Care to Drive transport project

Cancer Information Service (CIS)

The Society provides a Cancer Information Service with a wide range of services. The National Cancer Helpline 1800 200 700 is a freefone service that gives confidential information, support and guidance to people concerned about cancer. It is staffed by specialist cancer nurses who have access to the most up-to-date facts on cancer-related issues. These include prevention of cancer, risk factors, screening, dealing with a cancer diagnosis, different treatments, counselling and other support services. The helpline can also put you in contact with the various support groups that are available. The helpline is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 7pm, and every Friday from 9am to 5pm.

  • The website www.cancer.ie provides information on all aspects of cancer.
  • All queries or concerns about cancer can be emailed to the CIS at helpline@irishcancer.ie
  • Message Board is a discussion space on our website (www.cancer.ie) to share your stories, ideas and advice with others.
  • The CancerChat service is a live chatroom with a link to a Cancer Information Service nurse.
  • The walk-in caller service allows anyone with concerns about cancer to freely visit the Society to discuss them in private.
  • Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@IrishCancerSoc).

Daffodil Centres

Daffodil Centres are located in a number of Irish hospitals. They have been set up by the Irish Cancer Society in partnership with each hospital and are an extension of the Cancer Information Service. They are generally found near the main entrance of the hospital and are open during the day. Staffed by a specialist nurse and trained volunteers, they provide a range of information, advice, help and support on all aspects of cancer, free of charge.

Daffodil Centres give you a chance to talk in confidence and be listened to and heard. If you are concerned about cancer, diagnosed with cancer or caring for someone with cancer, you are welcome to visit the centre. Do check to see if there is a Daffodil Centre in your hospital.

Cancer support groups

The Irish Cancer Society funds a range of support groups set up to support you and your family at time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and afterwards. See page 00 for more details.

Survivors Supporting Survivors

Being diagnosed with cancer can be one of the hardest situations to face in your lifetime. Survivors Supporting Survivors is a one-to-one support programme run by the Irish Cancer Society. It provides emotional and practical support to newly diagnosed patients. It can provide you and your relatives with information, advice and emotional support from time of diagnosis and for as long as is needed. All the volunteers have had a personal experience of cancer and understand the emotional and physical impacts of the disease. They are carefully selected after recovery and are trained to provide information and reassurance. The service is provided on a one-to-one basis and is confidential. If you would like to make contact with a volunteer, call the National Cancer Helpline on 1800 200 700.

Counselling

Coping with a diagnosis of cancer can be very stressful at times. Sometimes it can be hard for you and your family to come to terms with your illness. You might also find it difficult to talk to a close friend or relative. In this case, counselling can give you emotional support in a safe and confidential environment. Call the National Cancer Helpline on 1800 200 700 to find out about counselling services provided by the Irish Cancer Society and services available in your area.

Night nursing

The Society can provide a night nurse, free of charge, for up to 10 nights if you need end-of-life care at home. The night nurse can also give practical support and reassurance to your family. You can find out more about this service from your GP, local public health nurse, a member of the homecare team or the palliative care services at the hospital. Homecare nurses can offer advice on pain control and managing other symptoms.

Oncology liaison nurses

The Society funds some oncology liaison nurses who can give you and your family information as well as emotional and practical support. Oncology liaison nurses work as part of the hospital team in specialist cancer centres.

Cancer information booklets and factsheets

These booklets provide information on all aspects of cancer and its treatment, while the factsheets deal with very specific topics. The booklets also offer practical advice on learning how to cope with your illness. These booklets and factsheets are available free of charge from the Irish Cancer Society by calling 1800 200 700. They can also be downloaded from www.cancer.ie or picked up at a Daffodil Centre.

Financial support

A diagnosis of cancer can bring with it the added burden of financial worries. In certain circumstances, the Irish Cancer Society can provide limited financial help to patients in need. You may be suitable for schemes such as Travel2Care or Financial Aid.

Travel2Care is funded by the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) and managed by the Irish Cancer Society. The scheme can help with your travel costs if you have genuine financial hardship due to travelling to a designated cancer centre or approved satellite centre. It will help with the costs of public transport, such as trains or buses, private transport costs, or petrol and parking. If you are travelling to a Rapid Access Diagnostic Clinic, you may qualify for the Travel2Care scheme.

Travel2Care: If you would like to request this kind of help, contact your haematology nurse or the Irish Cancer Society at (01) 231 6643 / 231 6619 or email: travel2care@irishcancer.ie

Financial Aid: A special fund has been created to help families in financial hardship when faced with a cancer diagnosis. If this applies to you, contact the medical social work department in your hospital. You can also speak to your oncology nurse or contact the Irish Cancer Society at (01) 231 6619.

Care to Drive transport project

Care to Drive is a scheme operated by the Irish Cancer Society. It provides free transport for patients to and from their treatments using volunteer drivers. All of the volunteers are carefully selected, vetted and trained. You are collected from your home, driven to your appointment and brought back home again. Call (01) 231 0522 for more information.

If you would like more information on any of the above services, call the National Cancer Helpline on 1800 200 700. See our website for more information: www.cancer.ie

Irish Cancer Society

43/45   Northumberland Road

Dublin 4

Tel: 01 231 0500

National Cancer Helpline:

1800 200 700

Email: helpline@irishcancer.ie

Website: www.cancer.ie

I’ve Got What?!

[Support for young adults affected by cancer]

c/o Cross Cause Charity Shop

Blackrock

Co Louth

Tel: 086 339 5690

Lakelands Area Retreat & Cancer Centre

Multyfarnham

Mullingar

Co Westmeath

Tel: 044 937 1971

Callsave 1850 719 719

Email: info@larcc.ie

Website: www.larcc.ie

Connaught support groups & centres

Athenry Cancer Care

Social Service Centre

New Line

Athenry

Co Galway

Tel: 091 844 319 / 087 412 8080

Ballinasloe Cancer Support Centre

Society Street

Ballinasloe

Co Galway

Tel: 090 964 5574 / 087 945 2300

Email: ballinasloecancer@yahoo.co.uk

Cara Iorrais Cancer Support Centre

2   Church Street

Belmullet

Co Mayo

Tel: 097 20590

Email: caraiorrais@gmail.com

East Galway Cancer Support Centre

The Family Centre

John   Dunne Avenue

Ballinasloe

Co Galway

Tel: 087 984 5574 / 087 945 2300

Website: www.eastgalwaycancersupport.com

Gort Cancer Support Group

The Hawthorn

Ennis   Road

Gort

Co Galway

Tel: 086 312 4220

Email: gcsupport@eircom.net

Website: www.gortcs.ie

Mayo Cancer Support Association

Rock Rose House

32 St Patrick’s Avenue

Castlebar

Co Mayo

Tel: 094 903 8407

Email: info@mayocancer

Website: www.mayocancer.ie

Roscommon Cancer Support Group

Vita House Family Centre

Abbey   Street

Roscommon

Tel: 090 662 5898

Email: vitahouse@eircom.net

Sligo Cancer Support Centre

44   Wine Street

Sligo

Tel: 071 917 0399

Email: scsc@eircom.net

Website: www.sligocancersupportcentre.ie

Tuam Cancer Care Centre

Cricket Court

Dunmore   Road

Tuam

Co Galway

Tel: 093 28522

Email: support@tuamcancercare.ie

Website: www.tuamcancercare.ie

Leinster support groups & centres

ARC Cancer Support Centre

ARC House

65   Eccles Street

Dublin 7

Tel: 01 830 7333

Email:

info@arccancersupport.ie

Website:

www.arccancersupport.ie

ARC Cancer Support Centre

ARC House

559   South Circular Road

Dublin 8

Tel: 01 707 8880

Email: info@arccancersupport.ie

Website: www.arccancersupport.ie

Arklow Cancer Support Group

25 Kingshill

Arklow

Co Wicklow

Tel: 085 110 0066

Email: arklowcancersupport@gmail.com

Balbriggan Cancer Support Group

Unit 23, BalbrigganBusinessPark

Balbriggan

Co Dublin

Tel: 087 353 2872

Bray Cancer Support & Information Centre

36B Main   Street

Bray

Co Wicklow

Tel: 01 286 6966

Email: info@braycancersupport.ie

Website:

www.braycancersupport.ie

Cara Cancer Support Centre

Mullavalley

LouthVillage

Dundalk

Co Louth

Tel: 042 937 4905

Mobile: 087 395 5335

Email: info@ccscdundalk.ie

Website: ccscdundalk.ie

Cois Nore: Cancer Support Services Kilkenny

8 Walkin Street

Kilkenny

Tel: 056 775 2222

Email: coisnorekilkenny@gmail.com

Website: www.kilkennycancersupport.ie

Cuisle Centre

Cancer Support Group

Block   Road

Portlaoise

Co Laois

Tel: 057 868 1492

Email: info@cuislecentre

Website: www.cuislecentre.com

Dóchas: Offaly Cancer Support

Teach Dóchas

Offaly Street

Tullamore

Co Offaly

Tel: 057 932 8268

Email: info@dochasoffaly.ie

Website: www.dochasoffaly.ie

Éist Cancer Support Centre Carlow

The Waterfront

Mill   Lane

Carlow

Tel: 059 913 9684

Mobile: 085 144 0510

Email: info@eistcarlowcancersupport.ie

Website: www.eistcarlowcancersupport.ie

Gary Kelly Support Centre

George’s Street

Drogheda

Co Louth

Tel: 041 980 5100 / 086 817 2473

Email: services@gkcancersupport.com

Website: www.gkcancersupport.com

Greystones Cancer Support

La Touche Place

Greystones

Co Wicklow

Tel: 01 287 1601

Email: info@greystonescancersupport

Website: www.greystonescancersupport.com

Haven Cancer Support and Therapy Group

Haven House

68 Hazelwood

Gorey

Co Wexford

Tel: 053 942 0707 / 086 250 1452

Email: info@thehavengroup.ie

Website: www.thehavengroup.ie

HOPE Cancer Support Centre

22   Upper Weafer Street

Enniscorthy

Co Wexford

Tel: 053 923 8555

Email: mary@hopesupportcentre.ie

Website: www.hopesupportcentre.ie

Lakelands Area Retreat & Cancer Centre

Ballinalack

Mullingar

Co Westmeath

Tel: 044 937 1971

Callsave 1850 719 719

Email: info@larcc.ie

Website: www.larcc.ie

Newbridge Cancer Support Group

144 AllenviewHeights

Newbridge

Co Kildare

Tel: 083 360 9898

Email: newbridgecancerhealinghelp@gmail.com

Rathdrum Cancer Support Centre

34   Main Street

Rathdrum

Co Wicklow

Tel: 087 292 8660

Email: rathcan@gmail.com

Tallaght Cancer Support Group

Millbrook Lawns

Tallaght

Dublin 24

Tel: 087 217 6486

Email: ctallaght@yahoo.ie

Wicklow Cancer Support Centre

1 Morton’s Lane

Wicklow

Tel: 0404 32696

Email: wicklowcancersupport@gmail.com

Munster support groups & centres

Cancer Information & Support Centre

Mid-WesternRegionalHospital

Dooradoyle

Co Limerick

Tel: 061 485 163

Website: www.midwesterncancercentre.ie

CARE Cancer Support Centre

14   Wellington Street

Clonmel

Co Tipperary

Tel: 052 618 2667

Email: cancersupport@eircom.net

Website: www.cancercare.ie

Cork ARC Cancer Support House

Cliffdale

5   O’Donovan Rossa Road

Cork

Tel: 021 427 6688

Email: info@corkcancersupport.ie

Website: www.corkcancersupport.ie

Kerry Cancer Support Group

124 Tralee Town House Apartments

Maine   Street

Tralee

Co Kerry

Tel: 066 719 5560 / 087 230 8734

Email: kerrycancersupport@eircom.net

Website: www.kerrycancersupport.com

Recovery Haven

5 Haig’s Terrace

Tralee

Co Kerry

Tel: 066 719 2122

Email: recoveryhaven@gmail.com

Website: www.recoveryhavenkerry.org

Sláinte an Chláir: Clare Cancer Support

Tír Mhuire

Kilnamona

Ennis

Co Clare

Tel: 1850 211 630 / 087 691 2396

Email: admin@clarecancersupport.com

Website: www.clarecancersupport.com

South Eastern Cancer Foundation

Solas Centre

7 Sealy Close

Earlscourt

Waterford

Tel: 051 876 629

Email: infosecf@eircom.net

Website: www.secf.ie

Suimhneas Cancer Support Centre

2 Clonaslee

Gortland Roe

Nenagh

Co Tipperary

Tel: 067 37403

Email: suaimhneascancersupport@eircom.net

Suir Haven Cancer Support Centre

Clongour   Road

Thurles

Co Tipperary

Tel: 0504 21197

Email: suirhaven@gmail.com

Youghal Cancer Support Group

161   North Main Street

Youghal

Co Cork

Tel: 024 92353 / 087 273 1121

Ulster support groups & centres

Cancer Support and Social Club

Tiernaleague

Carndonagh

Co Donegal

Tel: 086 602 8993 / 087 763 4596

Coiste Scaoil Saor ó Ailse

Knockastoller

Gweedore

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

Tel: 083 121 7857

Email: coiste.scaoil.saor@icloud.com

Website: www.scaoilsaor.ie

Crocus: Monaghan Cancer Support Centre

The Wellness Centre

19 The Grange

Plantation Walk

Monaghan

Tel: 087 368 0965

Cuan Cancer Social Support and Wellness Group

2nd Floor, Cootehill Credit Union

22‒24 Market   Street

Cootehill

Co Cavan

Tel: 086 455 6632

The Forge Cancer Support Group

The Forge Family Resource Centre

Pettigo

Co Donegal

Tel: 071 986 1924

Living Beyond Cancer

Oncology Day Services

LetterkennyGeneralHospital

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

Tel: 074 912 5888 (Bleep 674/734) / 074 910 4477

Support group & centres unaffiliated to Irish Cancer Society

Cancer Care West

Inis Aoibhinn

UniversityHospitalGalway

Costello   Road

Galway

Tel: 091 545 000

Email: info@cancercarewest.ie

Website: www.cancercarewest.ie

Cúnamh: Bons Secours Cancer

Support Group

BonSecoursHospital

College Road

Cork

Tel: 021 480 1676

Website: www.cunamh.ie

Dundalk Cancer Support Group

Philipstown

Hackballscross

Dundalk

Co Louth

Tel: 086 107 4257

Good and New Cancer Drop In Centre

Unit 1, PortlinkBusinessPark

Port Road

Letterkenny

Co Donegal

Tel: 074 911 3437

Killybegs Cancer Support Group

Kille

Kilcar

Co Donegal

Tel: 074 973 1292

Email: riverbankdunne@eircom.net

Solace: Donegal Cancer Support Centre

St   Joseph’s Avenue

DonegalTown

Tel: 074 974 0837

Email: solacedonegal@eircom.net

For other support groups or centres in your area, call 1800 200 700.

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