Judith Anderson, Regional Fundraiser for East Anglia at Teenage Cancer Trust can’t thank Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park enough for being their chosen charity for 2018/19. “This has helped raise the profile of Teenage Cancer Trust and the work that we do. Every 13 to 24 year old diagnosed with cancer has the right to the best possible care, treatment and support at every step and regardless of where they live.
So, our ambition is to extend our Nursing and Support Service right across the UK. It’s a model of care working in partnership with the NHS that fills current service gaps and builds on the expertise we’ve gained from more than two decades spent working with and listening to young people with cancer and their families.
There has been great progress since national guidance on teenage and young adult cancer care was introduced in 2005 but there is much more to do. Right now, across the UK, around 50% of young people continue to miss out on specialist, age-appropriate cancer care.
• In some regions, less than half of young people diagnosed with cancer are notified to a Principal Treatment Centre where Teenage Cancer Trust units are based
• As a result, many teenagers and young adults receive treatment solely in local designated hospitals, without access to age-appropriate services or a teenage and young adult cancer nurse specialist.
Our ambition is to build on our unique expertise in working with teenagers and young adults, to make sure that every young person with cancer has everything they need before, during and after treatment. Thanks to Norfolk Bluebell Wood Burial Park we are getting near to reaching the extra 50%.