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Cancer affects everyone differently. That’s why we provide a wide range of support services
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Cancer changes everything. Connect with others who get you 24/7 on Canteen Connect.
Cancer Hub
Helping families impacted by cancer (with children aged 0-25) more easily access the support they need.

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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

Canteen is thrilled to appoint Pillow Talk as their 2023 Principal Bandanna Day Partner to help provide comfort to young people impacted by cancer and their families.
Our CEO Peter Orchard is joining Rare Cancers Australia to launch an update of the ‘Counting the cost’ report and discuss why and how social return on investment needs to be considered when we decide which cancer treatments and medicines to fund.
Are you looking for a gift for someone with cancer or a gift that fundraises for people with cancer? Canteen has partnered with Kollab to launch a special lunchbox, with all profits from the sales to be donated to Canteen to support young people impacted by cancer.
When cancer hurtles into a young person’s life, the whole family’s world is shaken. It can be a daunting and confusing time for all – plus difficult to navigate all the support options out there. Enter Cancer Hub.
Canteen offers support and education so that ultimately no one has to go through a cancer experience alone.
When we think about youth cancer, the focus is often on the number of young people diagnosed (around 1,000 a year) and their medical treatment. It is incredibly important that young cancer patients get specialist, age-appropriate care.
For most of my professional life I’ve been caring for children, adolescents and young adults. I’ve helped them with their nutrition, overall health and wellbeing, and now, at Canteen, with evaluating and understanding what exceptional cancer care and support looks like.
Many young people who have been through cancer treatment feel it’s important to go back to school or study as soon as possible. But if you have been away for a long time, it’s normal to feel nervous as well as excited about going back to school.
Youth Leadership is a big part of what we do at Canteen, and can have a long-lasting impact on people.
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.
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Canteen has grown its scope of work over the past 36 years and we can be proud of so much, not least the way we have been able to successfully advocate and lobby for better outcomes for young people impacted by cancer.
I’ve been working hard for the past 18 months on an incredible project made possible by Metricon – who are empowering Canteen to reach out and improve the community’s understanding of how chronic illness can impact families.
When you leave the house wearing a Canteen bandanna, you are making more than just a fashion statement – it shows you are supporting young people impacted by cancer and you care.
Cancer can be a tough topic to talk about. You may have lots of questions but you’re not sure how to ask your parent.
Canteen were proud to be part of the recent Tour de Cure Snow Ball.
We are excited to introduce AYA Vision 2033, a cancer plan for Australian adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients.
I’ve been a Board Director at Canteen for six years. In that time I’ve provided oversight and governance for an organisation that has a rich tradition of listening to and empowering its young voices. I am honored to be one of them.
Having accurate information to assist you deal with your cancer while providing you with a sense of control when everything else appears chaotic.

About Canteen

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.