Teenage Cancer Trust Charity Registration No: 1062559
Teenage Cancer Trust is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer, a severely medically and socially underserved group.
Each day six teenagers are diagnosed with cancer. One in 330 boys and one in 420 girls contract cancer before their 20th birthday. Survival rates for teens fall well behind those of older age groups as teenage cancers are often much more aggressive.
TCT's top priority is building units in NHS hospitals specifically for teenagers with cancer. As well as superior medical facilities, these units are equipped with day rooms, kitchens, chill-out rooms and gardens where teenagers can relax and feel at home or have friends and family to visit in a comfortable environment. There are computers with internet access, pool tables, playstations, satellite TV, musical instruments, and other things teenagers might like to occupy their time with, or share with friends.
Most importantly, the units provide an environment where teenagers can meet others in a similar situation and allow patients to build friendships and mechanisms to cope with their disease.
Units cost upwards of £2 million each to build, and TCT has built 8 units around the UK so far. TCT estimate that to reach their goal of giving every teenager with cancer in the UK access to treatment in a specialist unit, they will need to build at least 15 more.
Other Services and Activities
The TCT Education and Awareness team visits schools, colleges, universities, clubs, societies and associations all over the UK to talk about the issues of teenage cancer. This service is provided free of charge by TCT.
TCT sponsors an annual "Find Your Sense of Tumour "conference for 500 cancer-affected teenagers and young adults, to empower them as they fight the debilitating physical and psychological effects of cancer.
To ensure teenagers have adequate support once they leave hospital, TCT funds the TCT Support Network. It provides one-on-one counselling and organises group counseling and social meetings in London for survivors, family and friends. There are plans to expand this network to other regions of the UK.
The worlds first Professor of Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Medicine, Professor Tim Eden, was appointed by TCT in October 2005. The professor works in the University of Manchester, the Christie Hospital and Central Manchester & Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust.