We work with patients aged 16 to 24 with a diagnosis of cancer to provide age-appropriate treatments and facilities. We will also support their parents and the people close to them. When you join the service, we’ll talk to you and your support network, including teachers and colleagues etc. to make sure that you receive what you want and need from our service.
We have two Specialist Nurses for Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer – Nicola Clapson and Louise Morris, who is funded by local charity LARF which is committed to providing help and financial support to young people with cancer and their families. We have a Clinical Psychologist – Dr Louise Brown and a Specialist Physiotherapist – Mark McCaffrey. Dr Fiona Minear is our Clinical Lead and we also work closely with the paediatric and adult Oncology and Haematology teams. We can offer social worker input via CLIC Sargent and we also work closely with other local and national charities.
The clinical and medical needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer are met by Paediatrics and Adult Services with the support of the TYA service:
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 (PTC) 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 the TYA teams have close links across the South West.
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We also arrange other social events throughout the year. It’s an opportunity to share experiences and support, and have some fun! Ask Nic or Lou for details of the next event.
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:
We want to make sure our TYA patients have access to age-appropriate environments when they come for treatment, appointments and support. At the Royal Cornwall Hospital we have some areas with dedicated TYA facilities.
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 and a retro-looking digital Jukebox.
We have two dedicated purpose-designed TYA rooms in the Headland Unit, our day-case clinic for anti-cancer treatments and procedures. They are equipped with a flat screen TV, DVD player/DVDs and games consoles for your use during treatment.
We have two dedicated purpose-designed TYA rooms on Lowen Ward, our inpatient area for young people having treatments and care requiring an overnight stay. They are equipped with a flat screen TV, DVD player/DVDs and games consoles for your use during treatment.
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, physiotherapist, occupational therapists and dietitians.
If we can help with any of the above, just speak to our TYA specialist nurses
Nicola Clapson on 07789 922279 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Louise Morris on 07879 486675 or email@example.com.