Support for young people

General cancer information

Support for young people

Young people can be affected by cancer in many ways.

The information on this page is mainly for those who have a family member or friend with cancer.

If you are a young person who has cancer, you can find information and support on the Canteen and Redkite websites.

What you may feel

It can be a distressing time when someone you love has cancer.

  • If it is one of your parents with cancer you could feel uncertain about the future and scared.
  • You may feel angry with them because they are sick.
  • If your brother or sister has cancer, you may feel that no one cares about you anymore.
  • You may feel like you don’t know what is happening.
  • You may feel lonely and different from your friends,
  • It can also be hard to concentrate at school or while studying.
  • Sometimes you can feel bad if you are having fun.
  • It may not seem fair.

These are normal feelings. It can help to talk to someone, but it can sometimes seem difficult to find anyone who understands your situation. 

What you can do

Your parents may feel that they are protecting you by not telling you everything. Talk to them and tell them your concerns. Ask them to explain what is happening. It can help to be involved and try to help any way you can.

It’s important to know:

  • You are not on your own.
  • There are people you can talk to.
  • Every cancer and every person is different.
  • Getting the right information is important.

Remember to talk to your parents and family. There are also places you can go to get help and advice or just someone to talk to. It can help to make a list of questions you want to ask.

Where to get help

There are people you can talk to for more information or support.

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