A young person's guide to cancer

Young people with cancer told us what confused them and what they wish they’d known when they were diagnosed, so we worked with them to create this great guide based on just that.

The cover for the Young Person's Guide to Cancer

We took inspiration from CanTeen’s book ‘Now What? Your guide to dealing with cancer’ and we’re very thankful for their generous help and support.

We’re also hugely grateful to The Queen’s Trust whose generous grant funding made it possible for us to produce this book.

Inside you’ll find sections on:

  • Finding out - The things that might be on your mind right now
  • Med stuff - Types of cancer, tests, treatments and other medical info
  • Heart stuff - Where to turn if you’re thinking about emotions and how you feel about what’s going on
  • Life stuff - The impact that cancer can have on relationships, school and work
  • Beyond cancer - What might happen after treatment
  • Handy stuff - The miscellaneous bit at the end, where you’ll find everything from the glossary to some cards you can give to people when you don’t feel like talking

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“It is a brilliant guide because I read through it and found so many times that my thoughts and feelings and reactions to being diagnosed were identical to those in the book, which meant a lot - obviously I’m not alone and my reactions were completely normal!!!… it’s great to know you are not alone in your reactions and feelings. All the advice is so helpful, thank you so much for producing it!”

Emily, 17

Honest Answers, Sound Advice: A Young Person’s Guide To Cancer was highly commended in the BMA Patient Information Awards 2016. Read what the judges had to say: 

“This is an exceptional book, which I am sure will help to support every young person with cancer; and educate those of us who may have them in our care. It is serious, but with a light touch. It has been incredibly well-researched and thought out, and skilfully presented. Congratulations on producing an excellent book, which must have taken a lot of work to produce but hits the spot and, as a GP, has made me think about my communication with young patients with any serious condition”