Peterborough City Hospital gains young patients cancer status

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Teenagers and young adults suffering from cancer can now be treated locally at Peterborough City Hospital.

The hospital has been named as a teenage and young adults cancer treatment-designated hospital, after it made an application.

The announcement means that cancer patients aged 19 to 25 can be treated with their peers locally, helping them to cope with the social challenges of dealing with the illness.

Dr Kanchan Rege, clinical director of cancer services, said: “We are delighted with this news which confirms our expertise at dealing with this specialist service.

“The social and psychological needs of young adults are different to the majority of cancer patients who are much older. Our new specialist centre is designed around their needs and they will receive the best possible care.”

A room in the day unit and in-patient ward has been allocated for the young patients. It has been specifically decorated and already has WiFi connected, computer tablets and games consoles. The unit is also hoping to set up group activities in association with cancer charity CLIC-Sargent.

Sue Spires, who lost her 18-year-old daughter Becky to cancer four years ago, was delighted at the news.

Becky was being treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at University College London during the year when she battled synovial sarcoma.

Sue launched fundraising appeal Coppers for Cancer following Becky’s death.

Sue, 48, of Northumberland Avenue, Stamford, said: “It’s been a long time coming but it’s absolutely wonderful news. I’m absolutely delighted.

“If we had had a unit closer to home when Becky was receiving treatment it would have made a big difference.

“The unit in London was amazing but it was just too far for visitors to see her every day. But this is brilliant news and will affect many youngsters.”