A new nursing and support service is being launched to provide support for teenagers with cancer.
The initiative was announced today, along with a new guide, by the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The charity said that, for every young person it currently supports, there is another that it cannot reach and its new resources were designed to tackle that.
It said the new Nursing and Support Service would broaden its partnership with the NHS and provide nursing outreach to young patients who “aren’t able to have their treatment within our units”.
“This service will bring the charity much closer to its goal of supporting every young person with cancer in this country,” the charity added.
The Teenage Cancer Trust is also launching a new guide for young people experiencing cancer – titled Honest Answers Sound Advice: A Young Person’s Guide to Cancer.
“Young patients told us what confused them and what they wished they’d known when they found out they had cancer”
The ring-bound guide is for recently diagnosed young cancer patients aged 13-24, and provides age-appropriate medical information about cancer along with other areas including working through emotions, speaking to family and friends and dealing with changes in appearance.
The guide was written with the help of young cancer patients and an expert review team that included specialist doctors and nurses, psychologists and youth support coordinators.
It is designed to complement the work of nurses and youth support coordinators within the charity’s specialist units and will be available to every young person diagnosed with cancer in the UK.
The guide is being launched at Teenage Cancer Trust’s under 18s Find Your Sense of Tumour conference, which is taking place in Staffordshire from 3-5 July.
Laura Clark, the charity’s head of quality, said: “Young patients told us what confused them and what they wished they’d known when they found out they had cancer, and we put the book together based on that.”