Teenage Cancer Trust units

We fund 28 specialist units for young people with cancer in NHS hospitals, providing everything they need to feel comfortable in hospital. Without our wards, young people with cancer can be treated alongside children or elderly patients, isolating them when they most need support and care that’s specific to their age group. They might be treated by cancer specialists who have no experience of working with young people. They also might never meet another person with cancer their own age, and can feel frightened and alone. 

Experts in cancer care

Teenage Cancer Trust Nurses and Youth Support Coordinators work within our units alongside NHS staff. Our nurses provide tailored, individual care and the best possible support and information whenever it’s needed. Our Youth Support Coordinators arrange activities to get young people out of bed and keep them interacting with each other and their families and lives outside hospital.

Bringing young people together

Our units allow young people with cancer to receive expert treatment in the same place so they can meet and spend time with each other. The units’ bright social spaces are packed with things to do like gaming, wifi, pool tables and jukeboxes. The support patient’s give each other is incredibly powerful in helping them through their cancer experience.

We also provide a range of additional support activities. This includes music workshops at our Royal Albert Hall shows and our annual conference, Find Your Sense of Tumour, where over 200 young people meet to share experiences.

Raising awareness

Teenage Cancer Trust’s Education team deliver cancer awareness sessions in schools and colleges across the UK. These upbeat, interactive sessions teach students the five most common signs of cancer in young people and encourage them to be persistent with their doctor if their health issues are not being resolved.

We need your support

For every young person we support, there is another we cannot. That’s why we’ve launched a new Nursing & Support Service, broadening our partnership with the NHS and providing nursing outreach to young patients who aren’t able to have their treatment within our units. This service will bring us much closer to our goal of supporting every young person with cancer in this country.

Please text GIVE to 70500 to donate £5.

Teenage Cancer Trust will receive 100% of your donation.

T&Cs here: https://www.teenagecancertrust.org/terms-conditions-text-donate-teenage-cancer-trust

Amy's story

Amy, 21, Liverpool

With the help of the Teenage Cancer Trust, they brought my confidence on a lot and introduced me to so many people who were in the same situation as me! To say I made life-long friends is an understatement, they are my family.

Casey's story

Casey, 17, Bradford

I finished treatment last year, and although I still have check-ups every three months, I’m feeling good and getting on with my life, studying Aviation Operations at the Aviation Academy at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Hear from Jamie, Lead Nurse for South West

Jamie Cargill, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse for South West

Jamie is a Registered Nurse (Child) and has an MSc, BSc and a PGCE.

Hear from Youth Support Coordinator Caroline

Caroline Giddins, Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator for the North West of England

Caroline Giddins works as the Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Coordinator for the North West of England. Caroline works with 16 -24 year olds who are diagnosed with cancer. Her role is to provide psychosocial support and help them maintain a sense of ‘normality’ whilst they go through treatment.