Cancer survivors gathered in Dublin for the second day of a conference on living with the disease and highlighting the benefits of peer support for people with cancer.

The Irish Cancer Society, which is organising the two-day event at the Aviva Stadium, says its purpose is to help people to deal with the life-changing implications of a cancer diagnosis.

UCD Professor of Psychology Dr Maureen Gaffney addressed the conference this morning, attended by some 700 people, on the theme of 'Flourishing Under Fire'.

Olwyn Ryan, Patient Support Groups Manager with the ICS, said the gathering is an opportunity for people to share their experiences of living with cancer.

Meanwhile, the ICS has awarded eight cancer support groups affiliation to the society.

This brings the total number to 42 groups across Ireland who are recognised as official affiliates.

All 42 groups receive a grant from the Society as part of their affiliate status.