Monday 11th October 2021

UK

In response, Dr Louise Soanes, Chief Nurse at Teenage Cancer Trust said:

"The pandemic has had an impact on everyone, no matter their background or where they live but these latest findings are particularly concerning as young people, along with women, appear to experience the highest levels of depression and anxiety. 

"We know this is especially true for young people with cancer, who have faced months of increased isolation, with many continuing to take precautions such as shielding, despite social distancing guidelines relaxing.  

"According to a Teenage Cancer Trust survey, over a third of all young people with cancer do not have access to a psychologist or counsellor during their treatment, leaving many to struggle with depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other mental health issues, without specialist help. 

"We are concerned that this unaddressed mental health, combined with lack of access to specialist support, will have a lasting impact later in life.  

"This is why Teenage Cancer Trust are calling on the government to make sure every young person with cancer can access specialist psychological support from the point of diagnosis."