Friday 3rd October 2014

To commemorate the day, a special piece of birthday art was also created by the guests, which will now be displayed on the ward.

Since the £3million award-winning unit opened in 2009, over 300 young people aged 14 to 24 from across South Wales have received treatment. The pioneering unit was also one of the first Teenage Cancer Trust wards to create a day-patient service, integrating both inpatient and outpatient services together.

Charlie Ingles, 19, from Newport, was 16 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and spent many weeks on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward having treatment. Charlie finishes chemotherapy this month. Charlie said:

Finding out I had cancer was a massive shock and I was even more shocked as to how quickly I needed to start treatment and that it was going to last three and half years! As soon as I arrived on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit I felt really at home and the staff and other patients who are now my friends kept my spirits up when times got tough. Everything about the ward just brought a positive atmosphere that you don’t expect on a cancer ward.

Jenny Labaton, who has been a ward sister on the Teenage Cancer Trust unit since it opened said:

Surviving cancer is incredibly tough, surviving cancer in adolescence is a form of double jeopardy that can do more than interrupt someones life, it has the potential to derail it. Our Teenage Cancer Trust ward and the service we offer tries to reduce the risk of overload by ensuring that specialist medical and nursing expertise is delivered in a young person friendly environment by staff who ‘get it’.