Young people with cancer have physical, psychosocial, educational and practical needs so a cancer diagnosis can cause some problems both during and after treatment. Our psychosocial service works with our patients to find out how we can help. We then create a care plan for support throughout treatment and beyond.The following services are offered to all AYA patients referred to our service:
Adolescents and young adults with cancer face unique psychosocial needs during and after cancer treatment. An initial assessment is conducted to allow our team of nursing and allied health staff to work closely together to create a plan that will address your priorities during and beyond treatment. Psychologists, social workers, music therapists and a wide range of professionals will contribute to creating the best outcome for patients.
Psychosocial support may include engaging with a young person’s family, partner and friends to ensure a support network can be strengthened and maintained. We strive to empower young people to be involved in their own health care and decisions, whilst remaining as connected as possible to 'normal' life activities throughout their cancer journey.
Our Cancer Care Coordinators are registered nurses who are available to cancer patients and their families to provide support and assistance in coordinating treatment. This includes supporting you in all aspects of your medical and psychosocial care and providing general cancer education in an age specific and accessible way. They will also help you to navigate the complicated health care system and access support services related to your treatment and care.
A cancer diagnosis in AYA patients often interrupts school, university or vocational studies which can have long-term effects on patient experiences after treatment and into adulthood. Our service aims to identify the specific educational and vocational needs for each patient and provide support during and after treatment. We can link patients into other services as needed to facilitate ongoing maintenance of educational and vocational goals and provide advocacy with the young person’s teaching institution or vocational training service.