Need Support?

07 Jun 2023

We are here to help

If you or someone in your life is affected by cancer and would like support, we can help. The Support Line is available on Freephone 1800 200 700 during weekdays from 9am-5am. 

Contact an Irish Cancer Society Nurse for free information and advice: 


Talking to someone confidentially to discuss a difficulty in your life can be a real help as you go through your cancer journey. Cancer patients and their loved ones can get free one-to-one counselling at affiliated cancer support centres, funded by the Irish Cancer Society. 

Making sense of your feelings

Some people say the emotional side of a cancer diagnosis is the hardest thing to deal with. Patients and their families may experience anxiety, fear, anger, sadness and depression. These feelings can occur at any time - even months or years later.

A trained counsellor can help you to make sense of your feelings.

A safe space

Not everyone finds it easy to talk to other people about their feelings. Some people feel they have to put on a brave face, to avoid upsetting the people around them. Or you may not have anyone you feel comfortable talking to about your feelings.

Talking to someone not involved in your situation can give you space and time to share your private thoughts and fears and talk about whatever is troubling you.

Dealing with difficult times

Some people describe having cancer as an emotional rollercoaster, with many difficult, stressful times. A counsellor won't tell you what to do, but will listen to you and help you to see things differently and give you techniques to get through the difficult times.

Who is the counselling service for?

The counselling service is available for:

  • All patients who have had a cancer diagnosis
  • Family members, including brothers and sisters of young people with cancer
  • Partners, carers and friends

Most of the counselling will be on a one-to-one basis but sometimes it may be appropriate to invite your spouse, partner or family member along.

Online & phone counselling

You now have the option of availing of our online and phone counsellors to get the help and support you need from the comfort of your own home. The sessions take place by phone or Zoom, depending on your preference

Local Support Services 

Hope Cancer Support Centre, Enniscorthy: 053 923 8555

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You can also contact The Irish Cancer Society directly through email via , social media and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.