THE Irish Cancer Society is looking for new
volunteers in Inishowen for its Survivor Support
Survivor Support is a phone based one to one peer
support programme where volunteers, who have had
cancer, provide emotional and practical support to
Speaking about the programme Deirdre Murphy,
Survivor Support and Volunteer Coordinator with the
Irish Cancer Society said, “Being diagnosed with
cancer is one of the most difficult things that a
person can go through. Our Survivor Support
programme is really important to us because it means
that newly diagnosed patients have someone to talk
to about the emotional, physical and practical
impact of their diagnosis.
“Having someone that knows what getting that news is
like is so valuable and it means that patients who
are facing a possible diagnosis, or starting
treatment, have someone to share their worries or
anxieties with and most importantly, it reassures
them that they are not alone."
“I would encourage anyone who has been through
cancer, and who would like to help others, to get in
touch about the programme,” Deirdre concluded.
Volunteers are selected and trained to give support,
practical information and reassurance when cancer
patients need it most.
Volunteers speak to cancer patients to:
- Help them come to terms with their diagnosis of
- Discuss their feelings and anxieties about cancer
- Give emotional support and practical advice
If you have had cancer and would like to know more
please contact Deirdre Murphy on 01 2310 564 or