Thursday 25th June 2020
Ben Sundell, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
"The results of today’s Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2019 are clear to see. The age appropriate and specialist support young people with cancer receive is having a positive impact.
"Cancer at any age can be devastating, but because of the emotional and developmental changes they are already going through, young people who develop cancer are often hit hard psychologically. So to see that 16-24 year olds were most likely to have a named Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), and significantly more likely than other groups to have access to a professional who they felt they could talk to about worries and fears, is extremely reassuring. Particularly, as Teenage Cancer Trust provide this type of support via its nurses and youth support coordinators.
"The survey also paints a positive picture in terms of how highly young people rate their care – with 95.6% rating it between seven and 10 out of 10. They were also the most likely to say hospital teams provides information about the impacts of their cancer on their lives, and how their families could support them at home.
"However, the landscape of 2019 is a stark contrast to 2020, where the Coronavirus pandemic has left large numbers of young people feeling more isolated than ever before with vital psychological support hard to reach. We strongly urge the Government to ensure urgent and on-going access to psychological support for young people with cancer during and after treatment. We too, ask that they protect the vital support Teenage Cancer Trust provides via its nurses and youth support coordinators, by bridging the £5m gap in funding caused by Coronavirus. This emergency funding will help guarantee that we can be there for every young person with cancer."