Friday 24th July 2015
Held at Whitemoor Lakes, Lichfield, the unique conference brought together around 80 current and former young cancer patients from across the country for inspirational presentations, complementary therapies and social activities.
Find Your Sense of Tumour is the only UK conference dedicated to young people who have had or have cancer. For many young people, the 3-day conference is the first time they meet others going through the same thing. Held annually, the conference deals with issues young cancer patients face and features leading cancer specialists. It also provides a weekend escape, packed full of activities including talks, debates and workshops, as well as time for complementary therapies like yoga and reflexology and some very important social time.
The weekend provided vital practical, emotional, and importantly – social support. It focused on key issues that most young people with cancer will experience at some point, including body image issues and fertility problems.
We also launched the Honest Answers, Sound Advice- A Young Person’s Guide to Cancer at this year's events for young people with cancer following research by patient insight specialist Kay Fisher from Experience Engineers.
Siobhan Dunn, Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
Find Your Sense of Tumour is one of the most important things we do as a charity. The support, workshops and therapies we offer provide space for young people to share their experience with others their own age. They also have the opportunity to ask cancer experts about some of the issues that are caused by cancer, both physically, emotionally and mentally.
“We are pleased to launch the Honest Answers, Sound Advice- A Young Person’s Guide to Cancer which we hope will lend support to young people at the point of diagnosis and help to answer the questions and concerns that arise from a diagnosis. The guide will act to dispel myths about cancer and offer advice for young people on how to talk to their family, friends and doctors.”
This year the conference was held near Stephen Sutton’s home town of Burntwood. The travel expenses for the young people were funded by Stephen’s Story as Stephen came to Find Your Sense of Tumour as both an attendee and as an inspirational speaker. He believed the conference changed how he viewed cancer.
Find Your Sense of Tumour is funded by The Queen’s Trust. In June 2015, The Queen’s Trust awarded a new grant of £427,500 to Teenage Cancer Trust to support Find Your Sense of Tumour, the Honest Answers, Sound Advice- A Young Person’s Guide to Cancer and other support events for young people.