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Teenage and Young Adults Cancers

Clinical Lead: Dr Clare Rowntree, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Deputy: Bethan Ingram, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
 

This page provides information and guidance on teenage and young adult cancers for health care professionals. 

Information for patients can be found on our patient hub

The Teenage and Young Adult Primary Treatment Centre (TYA PTC) for mid and south Wales is located in the Haematology Directorate at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff and is led by the TYA lead clinician and Teenage Cancer Trust senior nurse.

The TYA PTC holds the Teenage and Young Adult Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (TYA MDT), and supports the transition of young people with cancer moving into adult services.
 
The TYA PTC hosts a dedicated age appropriate unit for patients aged 14 to 24. This purpose built facility has eight inpatient beds, an ambulatory and day care unit and a uniquely designed ‘social zone’.

Age appropriate expert care is delivered by specialist skilled staff, including an activity co-ordinator and specialised social workers offering psychosocial and peer support, in addition to medical care.
 
Patients aged 16 and 17 with a diagnosis of cancer should be referred to the PTC for treatment as per Teenage and Young Adults Cancer Standards.  

Patients aged 18 to 24 should be offered the choice to receive treatment within this facility or within local services. For those patients who elect to receive their treatment closer to home, the PTC TYA team will continue to offer peer and psychosocial support to all young people, regardless of treatment location.
 
All teenage and young adults diagnosed with cancer need to be referred to the TYA MDT, as per Teenage and Young Adults Cancer Standards.

If would like further information on the TYA CSG please contact: WCN.CancerSiteGroups@wales.nhs.uk