Coming to terms with a cancer diagnosis can very difficult. There’s the practical side of dealing with cancer as people undergo an array of appointments, tests and treatments. 

Then there’s the emotional side. Sometimes we feel the need to stay strong for others and to suppress a million thoughts running through our minds. It can be hard to know where to turn or who to talk to.

However, for many it is a real comfort to know that they can come to ARC Cancer Support Centres and talk to someone. ARC offers a safe and confidential space to talk through what’s going on in your life, to be honest and open about your feelings.

Trained psychotherapists help clients to manage more effectively the many different types of worries and concerns that can arise. These can include the shock of a cancer diagnosis, how to tell children, coping with the side effects of treatment such as fatigue, exploring return-to-work options and managing the fear of cancer returning.

At the end of the sessions, our objective is that each client is better equipped to deal with their situation with more confidence, hope and inner strength.

This service is free of charge and open to all those diagnosed with cancer as well as to their loved ones.

"The reflexology was a great comfort and I really enjoyed the hours for myself in trying times."

Angela - ARC client

"I'm back at work, going running and taking a bit more time for myself. I am just getting on with life."

Gemma - ARC client

"Cancer touches everyone's life and volunteering with ARC creates a positive mindset from which many things are possible."

Edel O'Leary - Head of Marketing, Ulster Bank Ireland Ltd

"ARC supported me and my partner in my hour of need. I now just want to give something back."

Elizabeth - ARC volunteer

"To everyone at ARC - for being the essence of human kindness and compassion; for giving me a sense of sanity in a world that had fallen apart."

Mary - Counselling

"ARC is such a very special, beautiful place and a joy to enter every time. It is a privilege to be met by such wonderful and committed people...this dedication and support and love is not, or could ever be, taken for granted."

Geraldine - Relaxation and Visualisation