Mikaela in hospital on her own


Coronavirus restrictions mean some young people are being told they have cancer, or facing days of treatment, alone. We want to make sure all young people have a hand to hold when they need it most.

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 Young Lives Vs Cancer 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.

Young person and her mum

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

kathryn, Young Person supporting hand2hold

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

A guide for young people with cancer

We’ve produced guidance with Young Lives Vs Cancer on having someone with you during your cancer appointments and treatment. We want all young people to have a #Hand2Hold - we’ve produced this guide to help you get the best out of your hospital visit or stay.

Read our guidance