Cancer and Coronavirus – As tough as it gets

Our research revealed that around half of young people with cancer and parents found it hard to cope with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Young Lives vs Cancer set out to understand the impact of these unprecedented times. We wanted to provide better support for young cancer patients and their families and advocate for the support they need.

We conducted three online surveys between April 2020 and February 2021 with young cancer patients and families. The surveys explored the practical, emotional and other impacts of the pandemic.

Our surveys said…

The results of our first two surveys were published in our September 2020 report.  

The results of the third survey are set out in our August 2021 research briefing. 

Some of our findings showed that:

The one parent at bedside policy has been the most difficult of the situation. It is very difficult to take in complicated information on your own and try to relay it. Also for bad news not having the support around you. The impact on this has been very upsetting… this has been a truly horrendous time and with the current situation has made it even harder.

Parent of a child with cancer

We believe it is vital that:

  • Access to mental support is a priority as the health system moves into the recovery phase and beyond    
  • Analysis is done to understand the impact of the pandemic on cancer diagnosis and treatment experiences of children and young people. This is so that any potential ongoing impacts can be tackled    
  • Gaps in support that have been caused or made worse by the pandemic are understood. This is important so the NHS, charities and others can work together to make sure that children and young people with cancer get the support they need 

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