Hand 2 Hold

Together Young Lives vs Cancer and Teenage Cancer Trust are supporting young people (over 16) with cancer who have had to go through treatment, attend scans, and hospital alone. 

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We have put together guidance for young people (16-25) in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on discussing have a visitor and #Hand2Hold with you during your cancer treatment.



When times are tough we all need a hand to hold. Especially young cancer patients. As a result of the coronavirus  pandemic we know that some are receiving the news they have cancer, alone, or facing treatment alone, sometimes for days at a time.   

In a poll conducted on Young Lives vs Cancer’s Facebook support group for young cancer patients, 90% of young people said they had experienced treatment alone in hospital during this time.

We understand that the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic have meant we need to take extra precautions to protect those who are most vulnerable.   

Sometimes you just need a parent, friend or partner by your side. We want young people with cancer, wherever safe and possible, to have a hand to hold through this challenging time. As we move forward with overcoming coronavirus, we need to look at different ways young people with cancer can be supported throughout appointments, scans, treatment and beyond.  

If you are under the age of 25 and have had to go into hospital alone due to covid restrictions, be sure to speak to your clinical care or social care team for support and advice. And, if you would like to share your story on this issue, you can contact our media team by emailing: mediarelations@younglivesvscancer.org.uk 

Read our open letter to Cancer Minister, Jo Churchill

Read our open letter to Health Ministers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland


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