When times are tough, we all need a hand to hold. Especially young people facing cancer. Sometimes you just need a parent, a friend or partner by your side.
Teenage Cancer Trust and CLIC Sargent are calling for a commitment from the Government that, where possible, young people will be allowed a companion at key moments during cancer diagnosis and treatment.
When I had my stem cell transplant I was really lonely as I couldn’t have anyone in the hospital with me due to the pandemic.
- Mikaela, 18
Having a hand to hold will help reduce young people’s confusion, fear and isolation at an already difficult time.
Extra precautions to protect the most vulnerable are of course needed during the coronavirus pandemic, but these are inconsistent across the UK. In some places, having that important ‘hand to hold’ is allowed, whereas in others, it is not.
No young person should face cancer alone.
I just wanted to see her and hug her before her (stem cell) transplant, but I couldn’t. I fell apart there, somehow managed to get home, then fell apart again at home.
- Mikaela's mum
I’ve been having treatment alone for quite a while. Without Covid my mum would be allowed into hospital. Having family there is really important and I won’t have that at all.
- Kathryn, 22