What financial and other support are you entitled to?
Many parents may feel overwhelmed after their child’s diagnosis. They have to learn how to navigate a new world of hospital visits, treatment protocols and clinic appointments, often while caring for other children and managing family life at the same time as looking after their sick child. Support from other people who have had similar experiences can be very helpful. There are some support groups for parents and teens in Ireland and a large number of Irish and international parenting blogs and social media groups, dedicated to childhood cancer, have emerged in recent years. Not all of the information that you see on the Internet may apply to your child, and some of the information may not be accurate. You should always ensure that you are accessing information from a reliable source.
Your medical social worker in the hospital will be able to advise you on many of the entitlements that you can apply for. As a first point of call we would recommend that you speak to the social worker who can provide guidance on the supports available to you.
The information available in this section is relevant to those going through cancer treatment and for survivors of childhood cancer. It has been compiled from information from the Citizens Advice Bureau, Department of Social Protection, Revenue, Department of Education and Skills and other sources. We hope you find it a helpful guide as you navigate the unknown landscape of childhood cancer treatment.