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Canteen provides life-changing support that gets young people through a world turned upside down by cancer.

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Cancer changes everything. We get it

For every $1 invested in Canteen programs, a social value of between $4.40 and $7.65 is estimated for the outcome delivered.

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More from Canteen Australia

We're thrilled to announce that Canteen Australia is now on TikTok! This marks a significant milestone for us as we continue our mission to support young people when cancer turns their world upside down. 
We’re delighted that the Australian Government has today announced $9.4m in funding to enable us to continue delivering this vital service until 2027.
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) diagnosed with cancer face significant challenges in maintaining their education and career paths due to the physical and mental toll of treatment. Yet, sustained involvement in school or work can greatly enhance their psychological wellbeing and social integration.
Canteen Australia is pleased to announce the upcoming 6th Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Congress, taking place on 3-6 December 2024 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Award-winning singer-songwriter Delta Goodrem recently joined Canteen for an intimate screening of her movie, Love is in the Air, with key members of Melbourne’s philanthropic and corporate community to raise awareness and funds for Canteen.
Young people diagnosed with cancer will continue getting access to gold standard care through the Youth Cancer Services thanks to the $24.5M in funding announced in the Federal Budget last night. 
19 young people impacted by cancer attended our recent camp program on the Mornington Peninsula.
We surveyed young people who use Canteen Connect to understand what was working well and what we could improve.
Relive the key moments from Life Cycle's 25 anniversary weekend in Western Australia. 3 days and 150 riders, all to support young people impacted by cancer.
In a remarkable feat of courage and endurance, cancer survivor Abhi has completed the gruelling 250-kilometre ultramarathon in the Sahara Desert, known as the toughest foot race on Earth. Abhi, who was supported by Canteen during his cancer journey, undertook this incredible challenge to raise funds for us to show his appreciation for our support during his toughest time.
There were many great presentations across the Congress. Here are a few take home messages which I found of interest...
COVID-19 has seen many of us miss out on spending time with our loved ones. Maybe the pandemic has meant not seeing our parents for three months, three years or – in the worst situations – ever again. And as a result, a lot of us are experiencing grief.
Friends can be amazing and supportive, but cancer can shake even the strongest friendship. You may lose some friends and gain new ones.
Dating and starting new relationships can be hard enough at the best of times! But after a cancer diagnosis, it may seem almost impossible.
A place where young people talk all things cancer. The good, the bad, the unknown. Nothing scripted. Just the young people and their own stories.
Dealing with cancer can evoke a wide range of emotions. It may be tough to pinpoint what you are feeling and why, but Canteen is here to assist you.
Your relationship with your partner/s can change during and after cancer treatment. Some couples find that going through cancer makes their relationship stronger and brings them closer together.
It’s up to you to decide who you do or don’t tell that you’ve got cancer, and how much you tell them about what’s going on.
Everyone experiences confidence and body image issues at some time in their life, particularly as a teenager and young adult. Your cancer experience can change how your body looks, feels and works and can make things even worse.
Finding out your friend has cancer can be scary and your friend might need you now more than ever.
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Canteen supports 12-25 year-olds dealing with their own diagnosis, a close family member’s cancer or the death of a loved one. Our services also now extend to parents, because when they cope better with cancer and communicate openly, their children are likely to experience less distress and anxiety.