Young people diagnosed with cancer have unique treatment, care and support needs.
It is internationally recognised that when a young person is treated in a hospital with specialists who are experts in their cancer type, their chance of survival is significantly improved. Young people often need different types of psychosocial support, and for longer.
Find out more about cancer in young people.
For these reasons, the Australian Government has provided funding, administered by Canteen, to establish and develop Youth Cancer Services across Australia.
Youth Cancer Services (YCS) are specialised treatment and support services for young people with cancer, based in major hospitals throughout Australia.
There are five lead Youth Cancer Services, based in major hospitals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. The lead services work with over 25 hospitals and health services across Australia to ensure all young people with cancer have access to the best, age-appropriate care and support. Young people with cancer may be treated at a lead hospital, or the YCS team can work with local doctor/s to plan and provide the best treatment for young patients wherever they are.
About 70% of newly diagnosed young cancer patients are now being treated and supported through Youth Cancer Services.
Find out more about the YCS or get the contact details for your nearest YCS.