“My YCS team helped me to navigate through what can be a crazy and confusing system of the medical world. I want to see all young people with cancer have the same incredible level of support I had.” – Heather, 23 yrs, Patient
All of these needs must be considered and met in order to provide young patients with the best possible opportunity to overcome their cancer and return to a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Youth Cancer Services (YCS) are specialised treatment and support services for young people with cancer, which are based in major hospitals throughout Australia. They are the only places in Australia to offer specialised services to young people with cancer. The services are staffed with expert doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists and others experienced in working with young cancer patients.
CanTeen funds these specialist Youth Cancer Services in major hospitals throughout Australia, from funding received from the Australian Government’sYouth Cancer Networks Programand CanTeen’s generous donors, in order to make sure that young cancer patients have their very special needs met.
The vision over the next 4 years is for these specialist teams to reach, assess and support as many young Australians diagnosed with cancer as possible in order to ensure the very best care for young cancer patients.
How do I find a service?
There are 5 Lead Youth Cancer Services across Australia. The services are available to any young person with cancer. They can be accessed through:
- referrals from their doctors or GPs;
- self-referral/request for treatment or a second opinion;
- secondary support – the team from the Youth Cancer Services are able to provide advice and help local treatment centres to provide the best possible care for AYAs.
For more information about Youth Cancer Services and to find the service closest to you visit www.youthcancer.com.au.