One of the biggest decisions that needs to be made is where you will be treated. It may be that due to your type of cancer, your place of treatment is determined for you. If this decision hasn’t been made, it’s important you ask your consultant about your options.
Different places to be treated
Where you will be treated is likely to be influenced by where you live, recommendations from your consultant and your age.
- If you’re aged between 16 and 18, NHS guidance says your treatment should be at a Principal Treatment Centre (PTC) for young people. These are hospitals that have been recognised as specialist experts in teenage and young adult cancer
- If you’re 19 or older, NHS guidance says you should have the option of having your treatment at a PTC, or at a teenage and young adult cancer designated unit working in partnership with the PTC.
Speak with your consultant or nurse about what options may be available to you. Your individual circumstances and the best clinical care will be important factors.
Some of your treatment may be on an outpatient basis – that is, you will turn up to the hospital clinic for your treatment and then go home the same day. Other times you may need to stay in hospital for a while as an inpatient.
For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/young-cancer-care, which clearly explains some of your possible choices. The site includes a checklist that helps you think through what is important for you, and gives you the chance to print a list of things to discuss with your consultant or nurse.
Updated December 2014, next planned review 2017.