By the end of today six teenagers will be told they have cancer.
Every young person experiences growth spurts, puberty, hormone changes, and many will have issues with body image, mood swings and depression – throw cancer into the mix and the psychological impact can be enormous.
Cancer in teenagers can be difficult to diagnose, and is often aggressive. It can grow and spread quickly due to the unique level of growth experienced during the teenage years. Cancer in young people is rare, but the signs can sometimes be missed.
Teenage Cancer Trust was established in 1990 to improve the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer. We know that young people have a much better chance in their fight against cancer if they are treated by teenage cancer experts, in an environment tailored to their needs. In order to provide this we fund specialist units in NHS hospitals.
In addition we also provide support for young people with cancer across the UK. Our work brings young people with cancer together so they can support each other. Being able to talk to people going through exactly what they are going through can make a huge difference.
We aim to understand how cancer affects the lives of young people and provide a range of services to support them.
Our vision is a future where young people’s lives don’t stop because they have cancer. We make sure they’re treated as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.
We have three Teenage Cancer Trust units in and around District 1070 that young people from D1070, diagnosed with cancer, could be referred to:-
A five-bed unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary for patients aged between 13 and 24
Eleven beds at the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge
A five-bed unit for 18-24 year olds at Nottingham City Hospital
We are currently fundraising for a unit for 13 to 18 year olds at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Contact: Tony Robbs (Kettering) [email protected]