Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer

Teenagers and Young Adults face a whole host of additional challenges when living with cancer, and the Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) service in Cornwall is here to support you holistically in any way we can.

What we do

We work with patients with cancer aged 16 to 24, and their parents and loved ones, to provide age-appropriate cancer treatments and facilities. When you join the service, we’ll talk to you and your support network (friends, family, teachers/colleagues etc) to make sure that you receive what you want and need from our service.

Who we are

We have three team members. Hannah Heayn, our Specialist Nurse for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer. Richard Nobes who is the CLIC Sargent Young Person’s Social Worker and Dr Toby Talbot, who is the Clinical Lead for TYA. We also work closely with the paediatric and adult Oncology and Haematology teams across the trust.

Who will treat you

The needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer are met by Paediatrics and Adult Services with the support of the TYA service:

  • Under 16s will be seen by the Paediatric Team
  • 16 to 18 year olds can choose to be treated in either Paediatrics or Adult Services (we’ll give you guidance on this to help you make a decision)
  • Over 18s will be treated by Adult Services.

Where we help

You can choose to be treated locally or at a hospital of your choice, but you may need to travel to other hospitals if they offer a specialised service that you need.

Area 61 is our Teenage and Young Adult unit at the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. This is a principle treatment centre which provides specialist facilities for young people.

If you choose to be treated locally, you’ll have access to similar services and support as those attending the Principal Treatment Centre and your care needs and treatment plan will be discussed with the Bristol team as we have close links across the peninsula.

TYA Peer Support Group

We run a teenagers and young adults cancer support group, and we meet every six weeks at various venues in Cornwall for a get together over dinner.

We also arrange other social events throughout the year. It’s an opportunity to share experiences and support, and have some fun! Ask Hannah for details of the next event.

One of our recent TYA socials

One of our recent TYA socials

Services available to teenagers and young adults

We can help you with a range of services and support:

Support and Information

The TYA team is on hand to provide emotional, social and practical support to help young people continue with their everyday lives; through diagnosis, treatment and beyond, including:

  • An additional link with your keyworker, clinical nurse specialist or medical team
  • Counselling and psychology services
  • Peer support groups and social activities (see toggle above for more info)
  • Information and signposting to other useful services
  • Support and information for patients, and their friends and family

Finances, benefits, education and work

  • Financial grants
  • Help applying for benefits or grants
  • Advice on financial assistance from a CLIC Social Worker
  • If you want to go to college or university, we can help you stay, or get back, on track


We want to make sure our TYA patients have access to age-appropriate environments when they come for treatment, appointments and support. We have two dedicated facilities at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The Cove

We have a purpose-designed room available for young people with cancer to use, as an alternative area to wait for appointments or results, for meeting with health professionals or for group meetings with young people. The room has a large flat screen TV, direct access to a small garden area, comfortable sofas and chairs. as well as a digital Jukebox.

The Headland Unit

We have a dedicated TYA room in the Headland Unit, with a TV, DVD, PS3 and Wii for use during treatment, plus a fridge to store refreshments during your stay.

Referring you to other services

There are a whole host of other services designed to help people who are living with cancer, such as the wig service, support groups, counsellors, psychologists, dietitians.

If we can help with any of the above, just speak to Hannah Heayn, the TYA specialist nurse on 07879 486675 or hannahheayn@nhs.net.

TYA Contacts

Specialist Nurse Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer

Hannah Heayn
Hannah works at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on Tuesdays, Wednesday and every other Friday.

CLIC Sargent Young Person’s Social Worker

Richard Nobes
07796 938460


Hannah and Richard