If you want to speak to more young people with cancer, or are struggling to speak to any in the first place, a support group can be a great place to meet other people in a similar situation.
You can ask questions and chat at meetings, which are usually held in hospitals, cancer support centres or community centres. Ask a member of your care team to put you in touch with an appropriate support group. Or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/in-your-area to search for a group in your area.
Alternatively, during your treatment, you may decide to join an online support group or community. If you choose to do this, make sure that you join one that is moderated and run by a trustworthy organisation.
I've made lots of new friends through the CLIC Sargent youth group, including a best friend. It's been great to have someone to talk to regularly.
It's important to remember that what you read or hear will not necessarily be reliable or predict what will happen to you. Another person's cancer experience is specific to them, just like your experience is very much unique to you.
Online support groups
They work well when:
- They provide moral support and understanding in a safe environment
- They reduce anxiety about treatment and side effects
They don't work so well when:
- Moderators don't suitably monitor a group
- Posts are highly negative without being balanced by positive feedback
- Posts claiming to be factual prove to have no scientific basis
If you don't feel comfortable with a group, you can always leave. If in doubt, speak to a member of your care team.
CLIC Sargent online community
Our online community is a friendly digital space for 16 to 24-year-olds to share experiences, make friends, find useful information and support each other through difficult times.
Join the community to discuss your experience with cancer and its impact on your life, or anything else that interests you, such as films, music, and plans for the future
You must be aged 16 to 24, and have, or have had cancer to join the online community.
Content last reviewed: November 2015
Next planned review: 2016