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Funding continues for youth cancer

Youth cancer services have received a boost with an extra $22 million over four years from federal funding committed to CanTeen.

31 Oct 2019

Youth cancer services have received a boost with an extra $22 million over four years from federal funding committed to CanTeen.

The Federal Government marked the 25th National Bandanna Day to announce the investment and said about 6,300 young people living with cancer are expected to benefit from CanTeen’s Youth Cancer Services (YCS) program due to the continued investment.

In the four years to 2014, 4,843 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in young Australians aged 15 to 24, an average of more than two people per day.

Health Minster Greg Hunt said no young person deserves to go through cancer, and so the Government is proud to continue its support for the YCS program.

“The program is tailored to meet young people’s unique health, social and emotional needs,” Mr Hunt said.

“It helps young people with cancer access clinical trials and link to appropriate community based support services following their treatment.”

The YCS program provides access to expert multidisciplinary teams which work together to plan and provide the best treatment, management and social and emotional support for a young person with cancer wherever they are.

There are five statewide YCS hubs based in major hospitals in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, which work with a network of more than 25 hospitals and health services across Australia.

 


Published: 31 Oct 2019