Young person on stage at Teenage Cancer Trust's event for young people who have had cancer Find Your Sense of Tumour

Find Your Sense of Tumour

Find Your Sense of Tumour is a weekend event for young people who’ve had cancer. It’s a chance to connect with others your age who’ve been through something similar, build your confidence, try new things and have a laugh.

About the event

Find Your Sense of Tumour (FYSOT) is your chance to spend a fun, informative and inspiring weekend with other people your age who’ve had cancer too.

Take part in activities, speak to like-minded people, watch inspirational talks and build your confidence after treatment. There’s also plenty of time to relax and unwind.

If you’re aged 18-27 (or will be by Fri 28 Oct 2022)

Join us at our over 18s event from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October 2022 at Yarnfield Park conference centre in Staffordshire, England. Pre-registration is now open!

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Wherever you live in the UK, we’ll cover the cost of travel for you to attend. The event, accommodation and catering are also free.

Here are some things we have lined up for this year’s over 18s event to give you a flavour of the programme:

Friday 28 October

  • Time to and relax upon arrival with some chill out activities
  • Interactive sessions based on getting to know each other
  • Evening entertainment with prizes!

Saturday 29 October

  • The theme for the day is ‘Owning Your Cancer Experience’
  • Keynote speeches from young people with cancer
  • A variety of workshops – whether art, writing, wellbeing, confidence, music or something more active – we’ve got you covered!
  • Find out about lots of other organisations that work with young adults with cancer
  • Loads of fun and engaging ‘drop-in’ activities to take part in
  • Evening entertainment including a ‘Taskmaster’ style session

Sunday 30 October

  • Group sessions run by Teenage Cancer Trust staff on a range of interesting topics
  • Young people and celebrity keynote speeches
  • Moving forward, motivation, and next steps after FYSOT
  • Activities to bring people together to reflect on the event and say goodbye.

Find Your Sense of Tumour is now back in person. We understand that everyone has different comfort levels, and you may feel a bit nervous about attending. We will do everything we can to keep you safe, and you’ll have your own private bedroom if you need some space.

If you’re under 18

Our next event for you will be in July 2023. We’ll share information on this page nearer the time.

Who can attend? 

If you want to come to Find Your Sense of Tumour over 18s, you must:

  • have been diagnosed with cancer (or still on active treatment) on or after your 13th birthday
  • be aged between 18 and 27 by 28 October 2022
  • have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine / 1 dose of Janssen or be medically exempt (with support from your consultant) by 12 October 2022
  • have finished active treatment within the last two years, or be on maintenance treatment.

There are some exemptions that will be made for young people on maintenance treatment or palliative-stage patients if your treatment team feel it will be appropriate for you to attend. Get in touch with [email protected] if you would like to know more.

If you know another young person who meets these eligibility criteria, why not let them know about the event too? Just send them this link: 

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And if you’d like more information about Find Your Sense of Tumour please read our frequently asked questions.

I left feeling a lot more confident both to go and talk generally with people who I hadn’t met before, but also to open up about what I had been through.

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How do I apply? 

If you’ll be aged 18-27 by 28 October, you can apply for the over 18s event right now. Fill in the pre-registration form by 11:59pm on Wednesday 14 September. It only takes 5 minutes to complete.

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What next?

After we’ve received your pre-registration, we’ll check your eligibility with your clinical team. If they give the go-ahead, then we will send you a full registration form to complete, as well as asking your clinical team to fill in a medical form for you. Once we’ve received both of those, if everything is OK, then we’ll send you an email to confirm your place!

In line with our Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2022-24, we want to make sure that this event is as inclusive and accessible possible. We welcome, value and respect everyone no matter what your identity or background is and want you to be able to be yourself on this weekend. If there is anything we can do to make this event and the application process more inclusive for you, please let us know when you complete your full registration form.

If want to know more about signing up, your treatment team should be able to help, or you can email [email protected].

If you’re under 18, applications for our 2023 event will open next year.


Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions for parents and guardians