Ellie: My radiotherapy left me infertile at 14

Thu 2 Jan '20

I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma when I was 14. I was in total shock. I had seen adverts saying ‘if you have a lump get it checked out’ but I didn’t in a million years think that I would get cancer. It was all such a whirlwind. I was transferred to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and when I saw the Teenage Cancer Trust sign it really hit me and I thought ‘this is real now’.

Jonny: I had a lovely alternative Christmas

Mon 16 Dec '19

This year, there's no chance of me going home for Christmas or to the unit's Christmas party due to my treatment plan, so my wonderful Teenage Cancer Trust support worker, Carrie, brought Christmas to me!

Meg: It took six months to get my diagnosis

Mon 25 Nov '19

I was 21 years when I received my diagnosis of Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma, one of the most common cancers for young people my age. I visited my GP with all the classic symptoms, but it took 6 months to get my diagnosis. This delay frequently happens to young people and it needs to change.

Rachael: A clinical drug trial saved my life

Tue 19 Nov '19

At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. It was deemed untreatable, but a clinical drug trial saved my life. Young people and teenagers have much lower access to clinical trials than children. I hope my story will show the Government why this isn't right.

Voting in the General Election 2019

Thu 14 Nov '19

With less than a month to go before the General Election on Thursday 12 December, we want to make sure that over the coming weeks, young people with cancer have their voice heard. Ben Sundell, our Head of Policy and Public Affairs, explains how you can register to vote.

Nabeela: FYSOT allowed me to broaden my view of what a cancer patient is

Sun 3 Nov '19

When I had finished treatment, I was invited to attend FYSOT. I really wanted to but I felt nervous and I wasn't sure I was ready. But FYSOT was exactly what I needed and it's genuinely life-changing.

Young people with cancer are at risk of losing the ability to have children

Thu 24 Oct '19

Young people with cancer may need support to prevent future health problems that arise as a result of the condition. We’ve made recommendations to the Government around access to mental health support, improved diagnosis and access to fertility information and services. Our Deputy Director for Policy and Influencing Service Development Sasha Daly tells us more.

Bhavan: I am me with my scars

Wed 16 Oct '19

After having cancer and treatment for this, my body has changed. I have lots of scars from surgeries but I now also have stretch marks as a result of my weight gain and that’s okay!

Angel: It shouldn't have taken cancer to make me the person I am today

Fri 11 Oct '19

Hearing the words 'you have cancer' is something I never expected to hear in my lifetime. I always say it shouldn’t have taken cancer to make me the person I am today

How our Youth Support Coordinators support emotional wellbeing

Wed 9 Oct '19

Young people have a lot of pressures, and having cancer can only add to that, making difficult times feel overwhelming. Sarah and Linda, two Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinators, spoke to us ahead of World Mental Health Day about how they support young people's emotional wellbeing.