The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service at the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust provide treatment, practical, emotional and psychological support to 16-30 year olds following a diagnosis of Cancer. The team of 6 are made up of a lead nurse, clinical nurse specialist, chemotherapy sister, wellbeing specialist and counsellor, youth worker and care co-ordinator. The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer (TYAC) service aims to offer not only an age appropriate environment for patients to undergo treatment but comprehensive psychosocial and peer support, all of which are facilitated by professionals who have expertise with this age group.

The team get to know the young people and help identify any support needs they may have with their health, emotional wellbeing, finances, work, education and relationships. Support is then provided directly or through signposting and referring to other organisations or professionals. The service aims to ensure young people do not become isolated during treatment and beyond.

The service relies on fundraising to be able to buy additional things for the unit such as DVD’s, books, video games and computer consoles to help people pass the time whilst receiving treatment. We also facilitate peer support activities through fundraising donations. These provide the young people the opportunity to seek support from other young people who have had a Cancer diagnosis and see that they are not alone whilst experiencing some normality and fun.

Ceilidh Botfield