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Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer

Teenagers and Young Adults

Cancers in teenagers and young adults is quite rare. Most cancers are diagnosed in people over the age of 65 years.  Certain cancers are more likely to affect teenagers and young adults.  These can include; bone cancer, brain tumour, leukaemia, lymphoma, ovarian cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, testicular cancer and thyroid cancer.

When cancer is diagnosed in young people, their case will usually be discussed a specialist multidisciplinary team meeting and they will be treated at specialist centre. Every young person diagnosed with cancer should be offered the opportunity to be treated at a faciliity that specialises in cancers in teenagers and young adults.

There a number of organisations within the UK that provide information and support for teenagers and young adults with cancer, including:

CLIC Sargent

Provides clinical, practical and emotional support to help children, teenagers and young people cope with cancer and get the most out of life.

Macmillan - Teenagers and Young Adults

A cancer guide for young people answering questions about types of cancer, tests and scans and treatment. It also includes tips and advice for other young people living with cancer.

Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT)

Offers information and support for people aged 13 to 24. They build cancer units for teenagers and young adults in hospitals, and organise support and information services for patients, their families, schools and health professionals.

Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC)

Provides cancer information for people aged 13 to 24. They fund and support research into teenage and young adult cancers.


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