Why your support is so important
Every day, seven young people aged 13-24 hear the words "you have cancer".
Cancer can throw their lives into chaos. Even for those who recover, it can have a lasting impact on their futures.
Without Teenage Cancer Trust, they might not get the clear communication, sense of control and individual support they need throughout a potentially life-threatening illness.
And they might never meet another person their age who knows what they're going through.
Teenage Cancer Trust is the only UK charity dedicated to providing this specialised nursing care and support.
Together, we can reach every young person facing cancer.
Teenage Cancer Trust has a unit in almost every major NHS cancer treatment hospital in the UK. Most include a whole ward for young people, a big social area and facilities for friends and family. Every unit has a dedicated team of specialist nurses and youth support workers
For many young people, staying on one of our units might be the first night they’ve ever spent in hospital. That sets the tone for their cancer treatment, at a scary and confusing time – first impressions matter.
So on our units, you’ll get the very best care and support from friendly staff who specialise in working with young people. Family and friends are welcomed and supported too, and everything from the furniture, lighting and colours to the TV, kitchen and chillout areas is designed to help you relax and feel at home.
Our units are places where young people can be themselves, have the comforts of home while going through treatment, and meet others their age facing cancer so they feel less alone. It’s hospital that doesn’t feel like hospital.