We’re still here for young people with cancer

Tue 24 Mar '20

Many young people with cancer across the country are particularly at risk from Covid-19 (coronavirus). They’re facing even greater uncertainty and isolation than they were a few days ago. Cancer doesn’t stop for anything, so however long this crisis lasts, young people will need our support more than ever.

Alisha: The way I was treated at my first appointment meant I left it for 10 months to go back

Thu 12 Mar '20

Alisha was 21 when she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She was treated at Brighton University Hospital and the Royal Marsden, and received support from Sam, a Teenage Cancer Trust nurse.

Katie: When the idea of cancer finally hit me

Tue 4 Feb '20

I had to fight to get a diagnosis, but I don’t think I really accepted what was happening to me for a long time, and I always thought it was strange for people to react the way they did.

Ellie: My radiotherapy left me infertile at 14

Thu 2 Jan '20

I was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma when I was 14. I was in total shock. I had seen adverts saying ‘if you have a lump get it checked out’ but I didn’t in a million years think that I would get cancer. It was all such a whirlwind. I was transferred to the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and when I saw the Teenage Cancer Trust sign it really hit me and I thought ‘this is real now’.

Jonny: I had a lovely alternative Christmas

Mon 16 Dec '19

This year, there's no chance of me going home for Christmas or to the unit's Christmas party due to my treatment plan, so my wonderful Teenage Cancer Trust support worker, Carrie, brought Christmas to me!

Meg: It took six months to get my diagnosis

Mon 25 Nov '19

I was 21 years when I received my diagnosis of Stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma, one of the most common cancers for young people my age. I visited my GP with all the classic symptoms, but it took 6 months to get my diagnosis. This delay frequently happens to young people and it needs to change.

Rachael: A clinical drug trial saved my life

Tue 19 Nov '19

At the age of 15, I was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour. It was deemed untreatable, but a clinical drug trial saved my life. Young people and teenagers have much lower access to clinical trials than children. I hope my story will show the Government why this isn't right.

Voting in the General Election 2019

Thu 14 Nov '19

With less than a month to go before the General Election on Thursday 12 December, we want to make sure that over the coming weeks, young people with cancer have their voice heard. Ben Sundell, our Head of Policy and Public Affairs, explains how you can register to vote.

Nabeela: FYSOT allowed me to broaden my view of what a cancer patient is

Sun 3 Nov '19

When I had finished treatment, I was invited to attend FYSOT. I really wanted to but I felt nervous and I wasn't sure I was ready. But FYSOT was exactly what I needed and it's genuinely life-changing.

Young people with cancer are at risk of losing the ability to have children

Thu 24 Oct '19

Young people with cancer may need support to prevent future health problems that arise as a result of the condition. We’ve made recommendations to the Government around access to mental health support, improved diagnosis and access to fertility information and services. Our Deputy Director for Policy and Influencing Service Development Sasha Daly tells us more.