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.
Many types of cancer support groups as well as peer support are offered in cancer support centres nationwide.
Click here to find a cancer support centre www.cancer.ie/how-we-can-help/support/find or call 1800 200 700
A cancer supports booklet has been produced. It covers supports for people in the Louth area. Copies are available from your local Citizens Information Office.
For more information please go to www.cancer.ie/publications/treatments-effects
For more information, please visit the Irish Cancer Society website.