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Teenage Cancer Trust makes sure the seven young people aged 13 to 24 diagnosed with cancer every day don’t face it alone. They help young people and their families deal with the many ways cancer affects your body, mind and life. They work in partnership with the NHS, providing expert staff and specialist units in Principal Treatment Centres for cancer and bring young people together so they can support each other.
They also give presentations in schools so young people understand more about cancer and go to the doctor earlier. And they help medical professionals and politicians understand why young people with cancer need specific support.
Almost half of young people with cancer are not treated in their units. Instead they are treated in hospitals where there isn’t the same level of expertise, and where they might never meet another young person with cancer. This is a scary and lonely experience, and it must change. They’re building a wider Nursing & Support Service within the NHS to help all young people, wherever they receive treatment. To make this happen, they need to raise more than £20 million every year by 2020.