CLIC Sargent welcomes report calling for more support for terminally ill young people

Following the publication of Don’t Let Me Down today by Marie Curie Cancer Care and Together for Short Lives, Paul Gathercole, Assistant Director of Services and palliative care specialist at CLIC Sargent, said: 
“Cancer is still the number one cause of death from serious illness for young people, so our ability to offer young people choice and flexible, high-quality palliative care services is vital. This is especially important when teenagers and young adults are in the transition between children’s and adult services.

“Some may need specialist support services, such as an expert social worker who can provide one-to-one emotional advice at home in a non-medical environment. CLIC Sargent provides this service, with trained CLIC Sargent Young People’s Social Workers who work with NHS children’s community nursing teams and paediatric oncology outreach nurse specialists to deliver care in the community. However, these integrated palliative care services, specifically designed for young people may not be widely available across the UK’. 

He added: “CLIC Sargent believes that all young cancer patients should have the right and ability to make choices about high-quality, age appropriate palliative care whatever their circumstances and wherever they live’.

Every year in the UK about 3,600 children and young people under 25 are diagnosed with cancer. Whilst survival rates have improved in recent years, around a quarter will die. CLIC Sargent seeks to fill the gap in provision by offering teenagers and young adults age appropriate support and services.

To view the Don’t Let Me Down report, visit: