The need for support

Young people affected by cancer are up to six times more likely to face mental health issues like depression and anxiety than their peers.

The impact of a cancer diagnosis has long-term emotional, mental and financial implications for young people.

It is a life-altering experience that can impact significantly on a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood and can result in ongoing and long-term effects.

A cancer diagnosis of an immediate family member (sibling or parent) can also have a major impact on young people.

For those who experience the death of a parent or sibling, they are faced with grief and loss issues, as well as high levels of psychological distress.

In this section you can find out more about how cancer impacts young people who have cancer, as well as young people who have a sibling or parent who has or has had cancer.