Thursday 19th January 2017

From the moment cancer comes crashing into a young person's life, we're there to make sure they don't have to face it alone.

From the second I arrived I knew they cared. They made us feel relaxed, which helped us build great relationships

Luke, 24

The report details our work before, during and after cancer in 2015 and 2016, from raising awareness and building understanding, to offering specialist support and advice. Thanks to your incredible support we were able to:

  • Empower 76,743 young people in schools and colleges around the UK about cancer. We want young people to know their bodies and feel confident in seeking help because early diagnosis is so important
  • Last year we funded 33 Specialist Nurses to make sure young people get the best possible treatment, care and support. 89% of young people said their specialist nurse gave them the information they needed
  • Provide 29 Youth Support Coordinators to help young people and their families cope in all of the UK's Prinicipal Treatment Centres
  • Maintain 28 purpose-built units that feel like a home from home in NHS Hospitals across the UK. We opened 2 replacement units, one in Glasgow and the other in Liverpool, and started refurbishing the units in Nottingham City Hospital, The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and University College London too.
  • Distribute 4,280 copies of our 'Honest Answers, Sound Advice: A Young Persons Guide to Cancer', which was highly commended at the 2016 British Medical Association Patient Information Awards
  • Work with policy-makers and healthcare commissioners to push for change that means cancer care keeps on improving for teenagers and young adults
  • Bring 278 young people together at our Find Your Sense of Tumour events to help each other through whatever they're facing

"Any young person facing a cancer diagnosis, treatment programme and beyond, needs accessible, approachable and timely support to secure the best possible patient experience in a life-changing situation. Teenage Cancer Trust continues to changes lives for the better, completmenting NHS services by offering exciting new models of care to achieve the best outcomes possible for young people and their families" 

Kath Evans, Experience of Care Lead at NHS England

 

Download our report now or read it below:

Thank you so much for being with us as we work every day to make an even bigger difference to young people who are diagnosed with cancer... I hope you'll feel as proud as I do of everything we're achieving together - and as determined as I am to one day be there for every single young person with cancer.

Siobhan Dunn,
Chief Executive, Teenage Cancer Trust