Teenage and Young Adult Service

The Teenager and Young Adult Service (TYA) is for young people aged 14 to 24 years and consists of two social workers, one funded by Friends of the Cancer Centre and one by CLIC Sargent, and  two Clinical Nurse Specialists funded by Friends of the Cancer Centre. We aim to meet with you during your first few visits and will work closely with your medical and non-medical team to help you access the right support and information throughout your treatment and follow up care.

  • TYA Clinical Nurse Specialist

    A nurse experienced in caring for young people with cancer and works with all those involved in your care. The nurse will closely monitor your progress while you are in hospital and will provide you and your family with expert:

    • Advice
    • Support
    • Information
    • Signposting.

    They can give you guidance about any aspect of your medical treatment. This nurse will be your point of contact throughout your treatment and afterwards to ensure your experience is as problem free as possible. They will be your key worker if you do not already have one.

  • Young Person's Social Worker

    Social workers provide practical, emotional and financial support to help you and your family cope with cancer and its treatment, helping you get the most out of life. They aim to be there from the point of your diagnosis and are available to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment. Support will always be tailored to your individual needs and the needs of your family. Where appropriate we will signpost to services that will benefit you. All newly diagnosed young cancer patients are entitled to a registration grant to help with the initial costs associated with attending hospital. Please talk to your social worker about this.

    There is also a team in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. For more information please click here.

  • What Support is Available

    We will support your family, friends and those who are important to you throughout your cancer journey. During the year we plan social events where you can mix with other young people who are also experiencing the challenges of cancer and treatment. We provide information about:

    • fertility
    • emotional health
    • educational support
    • financial support
    • emotional support
    • practical advice
    • medical advice.
  • Cancer Types

    Teenagers and young adults can be diagnosed with any type of cancer, however some types are more common. Below is a list of types of cancer most commonly seen in young people.

    • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
    • Acute myeloid leukaemia
    • Brain tumours
    • Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Non-Hodgknin lymphoma
    • Sarcoma
    • Testicular

    More information on these cancers can be found in the Children’s Cancer section.