Supporting teenagers and young adults with cancer (YPU)

The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) Young Persons Unit (YPU) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham treats teenagers and young adults, aged 16-24, with cancer.

These young people, in the midst of their already difficult journey to adulthood, suddenly find themselves faced with a possibly life-threatening illness.  Many must put life on hold, just as it is starting to take off. YPU is designed to ensure that teenagers and young adults are diagnosed efficiently, treated effectively, and have the support they need to make it through their treatment and rebuild their lives after cancer.

Everyone at the Unit understands that this is an impressionable time in these young people’s lives and help is at hand to prepare them for the future.  It is important for their physical health and psychological wellbeing that they be treated in a specialist facility that is built to meet their needs, and for their emotional wellbeing that they are treated in a comfortable environment where they have the opportunity to meet other people their age who understand what they are going through.

How does QEHB Charity support YPU?

QEHB Charity funds ‘added extras’ that have helped YPU to become a ‘home from home’ for young cancer patients and their families. From providing DVDs and Xbox games, to pizza nights and ‘grab...

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Hear from the YPU team

  Nicky Pettitt, TCT Lead Nurse Nicky Pettitt, Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse, explains how the service for teenagers and young Adults with cancer has developed: “The Teenager and...

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Hear from the patients

David Kearns, lead singer and guitarist of Brummie band ‘The Father Teds’, has been sprinkling musical magic by teaching cancer patients on the hospital’s Young Persons Unit (YPU) how to play...

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