Young Lives vs Cancer

Young Lives vs Cancer

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Social care
  • Young people

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer, their whole world (and their family’s) can feel like it’s falling apart. They need special treatment because their cancer is different to adults’, they can only be treated in certain hospitals, and they often travel miles and miles to get there.

The impact of cancer on young lives is far more than medical. Their anxieties are deep. Their education, mental health and social lives suffer. Their futures feel very uncertain.

Young Lives vs Cancer is the only charity in the UK with specialist social workers dedicated to providing tailored psychosocial support to children and young people with cancer, and their families.

We stop at nothing to make their voices heard and their unique needs understood, so they can get the right care and support at the right time. ​​​​​​


  • We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to children and young people with cancer, and their families
  • We give financial support including grants and benefits information to children and young people with cancer to help deal with the financial impact of cancer
  • We provide free ‘Home from Home’ accommodation close to specialist hospitals, so that families can be close to their children during treatment
  • We offer free holidays and short breaks so that families can spend time together, with the support of our care professionals, away from the everyday challenges of childhood cancer
  • We provide children, young people and families with a wide range of valuable information on childhood cancer and its impact
  • We campaign and influence others to raise awareness of the needs of children and young people with cancer and to improve the support they receive.

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