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Teenage Cancer Trust

Regions: UK

Category: Children Health

Tags: Whatever It Takes

Total Raised: $1,439

How have we helped?

The funds were raised by 21st Century Leaders, from the sale of Whatever It Takes products.

About the Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust focuses on the needs of teenagers & young adults with cancer by providing specialist teenage units in NHS hospitals.

As well as state-of-the-art facilities to keep patients occupied during long stays in hospital, the units provide an environment where teenagers can meet others in a similar situation.

Units allow patients to build friendships & mechanisms to cope with their disease without being patronised or ignored. Units are staffed with professionals able to fully understand & manage the needs of the patients.

To date, TCT has built units in London, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Liverpool & Newcastle. The concentration of medical expertise within the units can improve chances of survival.

Units cost approximately £1.5 million each to build & TCT would like at least 22 units to ensure every teenager with cancer has access.

In addition to its work in NHS hospitals, Teenage Cancer Trust provides an education and awareness team across the UK. The charity sponsors a Multidisciplinary Forum and a regular International Conference on Cancer and the Adolescent, for professionals.

TCT has appointed the world’s first Professor of Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Medicine and also funds a conference designed specifically for teenage patients called ‘Find Your Sense of Tumour,’ as well as a support network for patients and their families after they leave hospital.