The Teenage and Young Adult Cancer (TYAC) Service provides age appropriate cancer care for any young person age 16-30 diagnosed with any type of cancer. The Royal Surrey is the NHS England designated Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Service hospital for the St. Luke’s Cancer Alliance and specialises in providing local, holistic and expert treatment and care in a dedicated environment adapted to the unique needs of young people.
Information and support at diagnosis and throughout your cancer treatment specifically for young people:
You will be referred to the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer service by the specialist cancer team that diagnoses you and plans your treatment. We will then arrange to meet you. It’s up to you who is present for this initial and any subsequent appointments. Verbal and written information tailored for your age will be provided. Contact information for the team will be provided, which will provide continuity of care through your treatment and afterwards.
Advice, Advocacy and support when considering your place of care:
Depending on your age at diagnosis, there are some options about where you have your cancer treatment.
Chemotherapy and supportive therapy administration on a designated unit for young people:
We have a dedicated unit specifically aimed at providing an age appropriate treatment environment for young people. You can have chemotherapy, blood transfusions and any other supportive infusions you may need on the unit. We also do blood tests and care after any temporary lines you may have (e.g. PICC line).
Consultant and nurse led clinics on the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer service:
Some consultants will review you on the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer service unit and others will see you in the main clinic on Level B of St. Luke’s Cancer Centre depending on availability.
All the nurses on the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer service unit are involved in the assessment and management of your chemotherapy treatment. They have extensive expertise in managing chemotherapy related side effects.
Shared care with the Royal Marsden Hospital and University College Hospital London where appropriate:
Sometimes, you will be offered some care locally and the Teenage and Young Adult Cancer service team will liaise with you team at Royal Marsden Hospital or University College Hospital London to ensure this runs smoothly and communication is prompt and responsive.