Cancer services for young people

Young people diagnosed with cancer have very different needs, and will therefore often receive different care and support than adults or children - whether that's where you're treated or who's involved in your care.

It's different for teenagers and young adults

Education, starting work, relationships and becoming independent from your family can be complicated for any young person at the best of times. It's even harder when you have cancer. Not only this but your body may still be developing and can affect the type of treatment you need and how you respond to it. That's why it takes special knowledge and skill to meet your needs.

Special services for people your age

As a result, the NHS in England has set up cancer services especially for teenagers and young adults aged 16 to 24. These are called TYA cancer services and will provide support tailored to people of your age.

TYA cancer services should meet national standards. These are outlined in an official document known as a service specification, which explains how NHS cancer care should work for 16 to 24-year-olds in England.

Our simple guide about what to expect

CLIC Sargent has developed a summary to help explain what you can expect from your NHS cancer care, working with Teenage Cancer Trust and the NHS. This summary explains:

    • The main standards for a teenage and young adult cancer service
    • How the service works, including your choices
    • What quality of care you can expect
    • What to do if you think these standards are not being met.

There is a separate service summary for children aged 0 to 15, which CLIC Sargent has developed with NHS England. 

Where next?

Updated February 2017, next review due December 2017.