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ARC Cancer Support Centres


About ARC Cancer Support Centres
ARC Cancer Support Centres offers a holistic approach to people who have been affected by cancer. Located near the major centres of excellence for cancer care in Dublin – the Mater Hospital and Beaumont Hospital on Dublin's Northside and St James's Hospital and St Vincent's Hospital on Dublin's Southside – clients from anywhere in the country are offered psychological support, complementary therapies and counselling services.

Opening Hours

ARC's drop-in centres are open Monday - Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm (with late night opening on a Tuesday in Eccles Street and a Wednesday in South Circular Road) and on Friday from 10 am t0 2 pm. All services are provided by professional staff and trained volunteers, and are, most importantly, free of charge. For more information, visit www.arccancersupport.ie

About ARC:

ARC Cancer Support was founded in 1994 to provide a drop-in service and professional support to men and women affected by cancer and to those who care for them. Whether someone has recently been diagnosed with cancer, are in recovery, is a parent of a child with cancer, is a family member or friend of someone with cancer, ARC welcomes everyone with open arms and cares for them during these difficult times. All services are provided free of charge at our centres in Eccles Street, Dublin 7 and South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

Why ARC is so important?

The impact of a cancer diagnosis has a devastating effect on the cancer patient and those who care for them. The services we provide are holistic and complement primary medical treatment thereby playing a vital role in improving the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of cancer patients and their loved ones.

These services include professionally-led group classes in mindfulness and relaxation and individual counselling sessions. The opportunity to exchange information about their cancer with professionals and with fellow patients helps to relieve stress and anxiety which are common symptoms of cancer. It can also enhance self-esteem which leads to a good quality of life.

Fortunately, more people now survive a diagnosis of cancer, and continue to engage fully with their daily life as before. ARC works to bring comfort and support to those who are on that journey, and also offers programs to enable the individual resume their role in life as they choose to live it, in light of any changes the experience may have brought.  Demand for our services continues to increase while classes/courses may vary full details are available at: 


Services at ARC include:

Drop-in Centres

One-to-one therapies such as:

  • Counselling
  • Reflexology
  • Acupuncture
  • Metamorphosis
  • Manual Lymph Drainage


Courses and Programmes:

  • Relaxation and Visualisation
  • Mindfulness
  • Stress Management
  • Yoga
  • Positive appearance workshop


Some comments from some of our clients:

“ARC gave me a sense of sanity in a world that had fallen apart”

“Without ARC, my family or I could not have coped – they helped me to survive”

“The house was filled with love.  Everywhere I went there was a smiling face to greet me”

“I would not be where I am mentally or physically without ARC.  ARC gave me the tools to change my life for the better and continues to do so.  I am still getting help from ARC as I have to learn a lot about myself and how I let stress bring down my immunity.  My glass is half full now, not half empty”

“Coming to relaxation classes and being taught how to live with cancer and be happy meant for me I can still have good life.  I don’t know now I could have managed without ARC. I’m so grateful to have it to turn to when I need to”

ARC Cancer Support Centres is a voluntary organization (CHY 10857)