Patients aged 16-24 (teenagers and young adults)

The Teenage and Young Adult (TYA) service offers specialist, age-appropriate care to cancer patients aged 16 to 24, as well as emotional, psychological, practical and social support.

We have a team of professionals with a special interest in the care of young people. The team is made up of doctors, nurses, youth support workers, teachers, social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and a chaplain.

We work closely with specialist teams in each type of cancer to help us provide the best possible expert care. We will be open and honest with you, and answer your questions to the best of our knowledge.

We can also offer some support to your family, friends and those who are important to you.

Place of care

National guidance promotes that teenagers and young adults should receive their care in an environment that is suitable for their age group, rather than one designed for children or older adults. The guidance says that teenagers aged 16 to 18 years must be cared for at one of the 13 principal treatment centres (hospitals) in the UK designated to offer such care. The Royal Marsden is one of those hospitals.

If you are aged between 19-24 years old you will be offered the choice of treatment at The Royal Marsden or a TYA designated hospital (a hospital in your local area which can offer a similar environment). One of the doctors or nurses in your team will explain what this means to you in more detail.

Teenage Cancer Trust Unit (TCTU) in Sutton

The Teenage Cancer Trust Unit (TCTU) at The Royal Marsden’s hospital in Sutton is a purpose-built unit for teenagers and young adults aged 16 to 24 years. It has both inpatient and daycare areas. It’s part of the main hospital but a separate environment appropriate for young people.

Chelsea

Some young patients have some or all of their treatment at The Royal Marsden in Chelsea as this is where certain specialist services, major surgery and critical care take place. There is no dedicated teenage and young adult unit here. We usually use Markus and Ellis wards for young patients but we cannot always guarantee this.

Respect

These are some standards that we ask everyone who uses the unit (staff, visitors and patients) to maintain:

  • Respect all users of the unit and treat others as you would wish to be treated
  • No alcohol is allowed in the hospital
  • No smoking is allowed in the hospital
  • No illegal drugs are allowed in the hospital
  • Please keep noise to a level where its not disturbing anyone else on the unit
  • Visitors are welcome at any time, but please respect other patients’ needs and avoid large groups of people visiting after 22:00