Canteen is committed to undertaking high quality research and evaluation that enhances our knowledge, understanding and insight into the needs of young people living with cancer and the most effective ways of supporting them.
Explore research and evaluation projects
Parental cancer poses psychosocial challenges for parents and their adolescent and young adult (AYA) children, with common concerns including confidence in parenting ability and communication about cancer with their AYA children.
We have designed a web-based mindfulness program with feedback from young people, care givers, healthcare providers and parents. We are now assessing whether the mindfulness program is acceptable, practical and useful for young people with cancer.
Having a parent or sibling die from cancer is a highly distressing event at any life stage, but it can be particularly difficult for adolescents and young adults. Canteen has developed the Good Grief program that aims to provide a space for young people to learn and cope with grief.
Canteen offers a suite of overnight programs providing young people with professional and peer support to assist them in coping with their cancer experience. Over 90% of participants found Explore’s sessions to be helpful and interesting, and reported they would attend future psychosocial programs to help them cope with their cancer experience.
The impact of cancer doesn’t end when treatment does. That's why Canteen have created the Place's You'll Go program to bring together young people to share their stories and learn new ways to cope with the excitement and challenges of life after cancer.
Canteen has always placed a strong emphasis on youth leaders. Canteen provides a variety of options for young people to get involved in youth leadership. Canteen is inviting people to speak up about leadership and tell us what it means for young people to be able to lead. The results of this study will inform how youth leadership is given both within and outside of Canteen.
The Family Resilience Research Project explores how a parental cancer diagnosis affects family functioning over the course of a year.
Evaluating an online health community which provides a safe space for young people to explore and express their feelings, build their coping strategies, and enjoy time out from the pressures of daily life.
This project seeks to increase understanding of education and employment outcomes and support needs in AYAs diagnosed with cancer.
Examining the acceptability of using telepresence robots to enable young patients to connect to their school, and how this service may improve psychosocial wellbeing.
We are investigating whether the regular practice of mindfulness is a helpful exercise in treating feelings of distress caused by a sibling’s cancer, chronic illness or disability.
We are undertaking important research to better understand the needs of young people who have lost a parent/primary caregiver or sibling to cancer.