Tuesday 24th March 2020
We’re doing everything we can to make sure our specialist nurses and dedicated youth support coordinators are still there for young people when they’re needed.
So how are we making that happen? We work with NHS Trusts across the UK, and the situation varies in different parts of the country, so this update just covers the general picture. There might be specific, slightly different circumstances in some parts of the country.
But here’s the good news:
At the moment, young people being treated on a Teenage Cancer Trust unit or ward are continuing to receive care from specialist Teenage Cancer Trust staff.
But as you’d expect, we’re having to adapt to a rapidly changing situation.
So this care might be delivered in a slightly different way, or even in a different place, depending on the needs of the NHS Trust in question. For example, chemotherapy may be moved from a Teenage Cancer Trust unit to another ward.
Supporting young people
It’s important we keep in touch with young people outside of their treatment as well, offering them emotional support and helping them to stay positive and well. Many are in high-risk groups and will need to stay at home for 12 weeks, which may leave them very isolated.
Our youth support coordinators are still working with young people going through cancer treatment; they just might be speaking to them by phone or online, instead of face to face in some cases.
However, we’ve postponed all our events where we bring young people with cancer together outside of hospital, until further notice.
It’s impossible to hold these events right now, but they’re really important to young people. Sharing experiences and being able to meet and support your peers are vital ways to help get through cancer and get your life back on track.
We’re looking at alternative ways of providing this important support.
Information for young people
We’re working with other cancer charities and the NHS to make sure young people with cancer and their families have clear, consistent information and advice about what they should be doing to stay safe.
We know things are likely to change again, maybe many times as we move forwards. When they do, we’ll work with NHS Trusts to do everything possible to adapt to that too.
Our priority is to continue to provide services to young people with cancer, right now when they needs us most.