When we were looking for the ideal person to write our cancer information, we asked various expert writers to draft a sample page – and then asked young people who have cancer to choose their favourite. Why? Because we don’t just care about producing accurate information. We care about producing accurate information that’s as useful as possible for young people.

We'd welcome any comments or feedback you have on our information. Please feel free to email us your thoughts.

Teenage Cancer Trust shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information they publish and NHS England have no responsibility whatsoever for costs, losses or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust. 

User-generated information is excluded from the scope of certification: weblogs, forums and personal experience pages – except where personal experience pages have been produced through a systematic process of validation.

Written for you

As well as helping to choose our writers, 13-24-year-olds with cancer tell us what they want to read and then help us develop it. If they don’t like the language or anything doesn’t make sense, we change it. Simple as that.



Getting things right

A lot of experts help to make sure our medical info is accurate. We start by only using trusted sources, and then get everything we write reviewed by specialist doctors, consultants, nurses, psychologists and youth workers. It’s vital that the information you find here is right and up-to-date, so you can use it to make the best decisions about your healthcare and treatment.

We’d like to thank everyone who helped develop this content: our team of experts, all our Teenage Cancer Trust employees and all of the fantastic young people and support staff who gave such valuable input.

To find out more about the sources we use, please email references@teenagecancertrust.org.

Information Standard

Teenage Cancer Trust is a certified member of NHS England's The Information Standard for our information materials. The Information Standard ensures we’re writing to strict quality control guidelines. And it means that young people affected by cancer are at the heart of everything we produce.

If you’re a young person who has cancer and would like to help develop our materials, we’d love to hear from you. Please email information@teenagecancertrust.org.

The information on this site was produced in November 2014. It’s due to be reviewed in 2017, but if you spot anything you’re not sure about, email information@teenagecancertrust.org

Thank you to the expert reviewers who helped to develop this content

  • Dr Rachel Hough, Consultant Haematologist and Clinical Lead for Young People’s Cancer Service, UCLH
  • Dr Martin McCabe, Senior Lecturer & Honorary Consultant Paediatric Oncologist, Young Oncology Unit, University of Manchester / The Christie
  • Louise Soanes, Teenage Cancer Trust Nurse Consultant for Adolescents and Young Adults, The Royal Marsden
  • Wendy King, Consultant Nurse Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer, UCLH
  • Clare Jacobson, Clinical Psychologist, Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer Service and Paediatric Auditory Implant Service, Guy’s Hospital