Teenage Cancer Trust

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

Around six young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. They need expert treatment and support from the moment they hear the word ‘cancer.’ We’re the only charity dedicated to making this happen. We bring young people together so they can be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in the best place for them. We educate young people about cancer and work with health professionals to develop their knowledge so we can improve the speed and quality of diagnosis. And by funding research and working with our partners in the NHS, government and organisations both nationally and internationally, we strive to improve survival rates.

We lead the world in the care of young people with cancer. Together with these young people, their families and the passion of our supporters, we’re challenging the NHS and transforming lives.

Over 21 years Teenage Cancer Trust has learnt a lot about what it’s like to be a young person with cancer – their unique emotional, physical and practical needs. Because Teenage Cancer Trust understands, they can provide better care, better services and hopefully a more positive outcome for young people. There’s never a good time to get cancer, but for a teenager the timing seems particularly cruel. Young people can get some of the most rare and aggressive forms of cancer. Their rapidly changing bodies can work against them, enabling the cancer to grow faster. The emotional upheaval of adolescence can make a cancer diagnosis even harder to cope with.

Without the work of Teenage Cancer Trust, young people with cancer would be treated alongside children or elderly patients at the end of their lives. Being away from your normal life, friends and environment at such a vulnerable time is the last thing they need.

Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for the six young people aged between 13 and 24 diagnosed with cancer every day. We know that what they do need is to be treated together, by teenage cancer experts, in an environment tailored for them.
So we develop specialist units within NHS hospitals that do just this. We want every young person with cancer to have access to this specialist support, no matter where they live. We’re dedicated to making it happen, but we need your support to do it.

A brief report from the Specialized/Teenage Cancer Trust visit to the Newcastle TCT unit ‘Newcastle
Today was our Specialized visit to the Teenage Cancer Trust Unit at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle.We met up with Jane and Angie from the Teenage Cancer Trust music dept in London and made our way to Ward 34 where we were greeted by head nurse of the TCT unit Suzanne. On entering the ward we noticed it was in two parts.The fantasticly coloured half of the ward, full of exotic coloured decals depicting music, recreation and more was in stark contrast to the bottom half of the ward corridor where it suddenly went back to battleship grey in colour.This was the adult cancer ward area and of course,the multi coloured chilled out area we were stood in was the TCT unit area.

We sat and chatted with Suzanne in the Recreation area situated by reception.Here a pool table, TV, IT area was for the young people undergoing treatment,a place to mix and congregate, share stories and help each other with positive vibes,it was decorated with music and other recreational decals, all perfectly suited to young people and just sat there,it didn’t feel like a place of medicine or treatment,just chilled and relaxing. Over 90 young people are in and out of the ward at the moment ,with bone cancer being the majority of cancers treated but of course there other types ranging from melanoma, lymphoma,brain tumour, to leukaemia and more. Suzanne explained that the young people in their care had pretty much a relaxed free run of the ward, being able to cook their own food and make their own drinks in the next place where we were shown which was a kitchen/diner/rec. area. This was extremely cool. Tall orange Perspex chairs around a nice breakfast bar, full kitchen area of cooker, microwaves, espresso machines, everything a teenager would want! In the same room were dayglo couches with matching cushion to slob about on and a huge sky HD TV on the wall, everything very state of the art,all designed to make life comfortable and easy for the kids undergoing treatment,throw into the mix a free standing digital jukebox,and a wonderful playstation section with comfy couch, large screen TV- it was truly a sight to behold and its so easy to see how a place like this can help maintain some normality in a young persons life and help deflect from the tough time they are having.

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