Cancer treatment in hospital for young adults

This resource from Redkite will give an overview of what the hospital might be like for you as a young person. Depending on your age, you could be treated at a paediatric (children’s) hospital or an adult hospital, and you may be in either the public or private system. The hospital you go to may also depend on where you live and the type of cancer you have. Not all hospitals provide cancer treatment, so you may have to travel, especially if you live in a rural area. Even if you’ve been to hospital before, you may have questions about what treatment in hospital for cancer will be like. Common questions include

  • What will hospital be like?
  • Can I have visitors?
  • How can I make it more comfortable?
  • Can someone stay with me?
  • Who are the different people on my treatment team?

Redkite also provide support bags for young people aged 15-24 years old. Some items included in the bag are:

  • Toiletry kit
  • A reusable coffee cup and water bottle
  • A Redkite beanie
  • Adult colouring book & pencils
  • Redkite earphones

​”The bag has been extremely useful as it is all mine… in a place where everything else belongs to everyone else. It’s empowering in a very disempowering environment” ​

– Diagnosed 17-year-old

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources for teenagers and young adults with cancer, but we are always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

 

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