Teenagers and young adults

Teenagers and young adults are those aged 16 – 24 years old.

Having cancer can be a scary experience for anyone, no matter what age, but for young people it can be particularly frightening and can feel isolating.

To find out that you or, a friend or someone close to you has a very serious illness can be devastating.

This section is to help you understand cancer and provide information that can inform and help support you or young people close to you going through cancer.

Family-centered care

Cancer in childhood or adolescence is extremely rare and therefore it is vital that these young people are treated with specialist care and understanding. The cancer care and expertise provided within the Trust is not only in treating the cancer, but also in ensuring the young person’s psychosocial and emotional needs are addressed.

The Trust provides support to young people and their families, siblings and partners during and after the young person’s cancer treatment. When a young person has cancer, the focus must be on the needs of the whole family – if loved ones are supported, the young person in turn will be supported. Our staff have expert knowledge and understand the emotional as well as the physical needs of teenagers, young adults and their families who have experienced cancer.

Last updated November 2018.