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When you are diagnosed with cancer it can feel like normal life stops and a different journey begins. It is a journey that can test your physical health as well as every other aspect of your life.

Being told you have cancer may have come as a terrible shock – it is after all a rare illness in teenagers and young people. At the start you may feel numb and unable to take in the news.

It is important to keep in mind that, with the help of modern treatments, the majority of young people now survive cancer. It’s also important to remember that the cancers that affect young people are very different to those affecting older adults.

The content in this section of the website aims to give a reliable overview of the diagnosis, treatment and support available to young people diagnosed with cancer. It has been produced in partnership with health and social care professionals who work with young people affected by cancer.

These pages are intended to back up the information you get from the hospital, not to replace medical advice from a specialist. However, if you are a young person aged between 16 and 24 who has been diagnosed with cancer and you are looking for more information, this section might just be a good place to start.

If you have questions, concerns or simply feel you would like someone to talk to please do not hesitate to contact us – we will be happy to help. You can call on 0300 330 0803 or email us at

Updated January 2015, next planned review 2017.