Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer
Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC) recognises that the professionals involved with the care of young cancer patients play a key role in helping young people to maintain a sense of identity separate from their medical condition.
We understand that young people with cancer have distinct emotional, physical and practical age-specific needs. The organisation was founded to find ways of meeting these needs, and to improve services and outcomes for young people with cancer by bringing together all professionals involved in their treatment and care. We welcome as members professionals of all disciplines working with teenagers and young adults with cancer from community, paediatric, TYA specific and adult settings.
TYAC aims to share best practice, promote high standards of care and raise awareness amongst professionals by:
- Improving communication between professionals
- Advocating for TYAs with cancer and the professionals who work with them
- Promoting research, professional education and training and information provision
- Taking part in developing services for TYAs
TYAC participates in work at a national level and played a significant part in the roll out of the NICE Improving Outcomes Guidance. Many of our members have also contributed at a high level to a number of other national projects including A Blueprint of Care, a joint publication with Teenage Cancer Trust that provides practical advice, guidance and tips for anyone working with young cancer patients aged 16-24 within Principal Treatment Centres, Teenage and Young Adult designated hospitals or District General Hospitals.
Further to this, we initiated a dedicated TYA cancer registry to improve understanding of the pattern of disease development in TYA cancer.
We organise two national professional education events each year which cover a wide variety of topics, and award an annual prize to up and coming researchers in the field.
TYAC is an organisation with a diverse professional membership, and members from all disciplines have the opportunity to take part in continuing to develop TYAC as a respected voice in TYA cancer care.
Our aim is that young people with cancer will be offered the best care with the best possible survival and psychosocial outcomes.