The manager of the Cancer Support Sanctuary in Multyfarnham is encouraging people who are concerned about their cancer diagnosis to contact them for support.
Speaking in the wake of the death of Vicky Phelan today, Bernie McHugh says a lot of people who are on their own cancer journeys, or worried relatives, can find the news especially upsetting.
The LARCC Centre in Westmeath provides psychological and emotional support to people living with cancer in the region,
The services include counselling for patients, or their families, complementary therapies, nurse support and a telephone helpline.
The centre manager says people can find it very helpful to talk to someone outside the family about their fears or concerns, and she's inviting people to pick up the phone and make contact with them.
The LARCC centre can be contacted on 044-93-71971.
On days like this, as management and staff of people who are helping cancer patients everyday, our thoughts go to those that might be triggered be the news of Vicky's passing.
Because it's no joke to be going through cancer yourself, and possibly being afraid of yor own prognosis, you own diagnosis, and the worries and anxieties that go with that.
I suppose it's an opportunity for us to remind people where we are and what we do, and that the doors are always open to new inquiries from people who might want to avail of a little bit of counselling or therapies with our professional staff.