Young people diagnosed with cancer have also reported positive effects such as increased maturity and resilience and a greater sense of empathy and compassion for others.

Find out more about the impact of cancer on the lives of young people who have or have had cancer:


  • Read our Research Snapshot on the needs of young people who have or have had cancer
  • Read the Cancer Institute NSW Monograph on Adolescents, Young Adults and Cancer in New South Wales, April 2009 – provides an overview of the current treatment pathways and models of care for AYA with cancer, their access to and participation in clinical trials, palliative and psychosocial support needs and psychosocial and late-effects for this group of cancer patients in NSW.


Find out more about the how Canteen supports young people who have been diagnosed with cancer here.


* Clinton-McHarg, T., Carey, M., Sanson-Fisher, R., D’este, C., Shakesshaft, A. Preliminary development and psychometric evaluation of an unmet needs measure for adolescents and young adults with cancer: the Cancer Needs Questionnaire – Young People (CNQ-YP). Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2012;10.