How we can help you
Teenage Cancer Trust understands what teenagers and young adults need to fight cancer.
At a time when your body is changing, your social life is everything and you’re still trying to figure out who you are, getting cancer can seem like an impossible blow to take. But we can help you.
We know that there’s never a good time to get cancer, but we also know that for young people like you, the timing seems particularly cruel. One minute life’s about music, clothes, computer games, college and hanging out with your mates. The next minute your life is on hold and you might be in a hospital ward with no-one your age and feeling very isolated.
At Teenage Cancer Trust, we understand that teenage and young adult cancer requires specialist care. We know how damaging it is to take you away from your normal life – your friends, your environment, your stuff – and put you in a cancer ward with small children or older people.
Teenagers should not stop being teenagers
We don’t believe that teenagers should have to stop being teenagers, just because they have cancer. So life in a Teenage Cancer Trust unit is intended to be as close as possible to your life outside.
We involve young people when we plan our units, so you might walk into one and find a game of pool going on, someone chatting to friends on a webcam or a group gathered by the computer. It’s all about giving you the chance to be yourselves. We have Youth Support Workers who provide individually tailored support. A trip to the shops could be the perfect therapy for one person. For another, it could be an all-day DVD marathon.
Bringing teenagers together
Being able to talk to people going through exactly what they’re going through makes a huge difference.
A Teenage Cancer Trust unit brings teenagers with cancer together with loads of new friends of their own age so you can support each other.
Alongside all of this is a medical team of teenage cancer specialists who pool knowledge to create a body of expertise that’s second to none. They’re backed up by our Nurse Consultants who provide clinical care, develop research, deliver professional education and ensure that standards remain as high as possible.
Teenage Cancer Trust units aren’t like ordinary cancer wards. Everything about them has been designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome.
As well as our units we fund a number of different services, all with the same goal – to help young people fight cancer:
Family Support Network
When a young person is diagnosed with cancer, we know that their family needs support too. Our Family Support Network gives mums, dads, brothers and sisters the chance to meet other people who understand their situation at every stage of the cancer journey and beyond.
Find Your Sense of Tumour
Our annual conference is specifically for young people with cancer and gives them the chance to share experiences and learn more about their disease. Plus, 400 young people from all over the country in one place for a weekend…it’s pretty good fun too.
Specialist units for young people with cancer
Teenage Cancer Trust units aren’t like ordinary cancer wards. Everything about them has been designed to give teenagers the very best chance of a positive outcome.More