The Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) service

The Teenagers and Young Adults (TYA) service is a multidisciplinary team which supports young people aged between 13 and 24 years inclusive who have a cancer diagnosis.

We recognise that you have different needs and priorities to other older or younger patients and the focus of care is using a holistic approach to promote positive coping and adjustment at this key developmental stage in your life. Based in Cambridge, our remit is region wide, supporting young people throughout East Anglia wherever they are treated. We have an outpatient drop in centre at The Oasis and a Teenage Cancer Trust Unit Ward C9 which incorporates a day unit and inpatient beds.

The TYA team consist of:

  • Teenage Cancer Trust Lead TYA Nurse (East Anglia)
  • Teenage Cancer Trust Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Teenage Cancer Trust Youth Support Co-ordinator
  • TYA Counselling service
  • Teenage Cancer Trust Administrative Support

We also have link TYA nurses at other hospitals within the region.

The TYA team is here to support you and your family throughout your cancer diagnosis, treatment and follow up in whatever way is helpful to you.

We are here to answer your questions and support you in all aspects of your life.

Please do not be afraid to ask us any questions or raise anything that worries you. If it is important to you, it is important to us.

Non-urgent advice: Where to find us

The Oasis, Abington House and Teenage Cancer Trust Unit Ward C9.

Call us

The Oasis - 01223 274243
Ward C9 - 01223 274222

Jane Robson
Teenage Cancer Trust Lead Nurse (East Anglia)
01223 274243

Dr Helen Hatcher
TYA Clinical Lead / Consultant Medical Oncologist
01223 274243

Email us

Other useful contacts

Young persons Facebook page: TYA Addenbrookes

Parents Facebook page: TYA MaDs

TYA link nurses

Teenage Cancer Trust Clinical Nurse Specialist

Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust

The Colney Centre, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Colney Lane

Tel: 01603 286171
Mob: 07874 634449

TYA Clinical Nurse Specialist

Ipswich Hospital

01473 712233

TYA link nurse

Peterborough City Hospital

01733 678489

Teenage Cancer Trust Operations and Partnership Manager (South East)

07495 901238

Opening times

Oasis Centre 09:00 to 17:00

Ward C9 24 hours (day unit 08:00 to 20:00)

Our locations

The Oasis, Abington House

01223 274243 - a drop in centre in the grounds of Addenbrooke's Hospital including a social zone to relax in, refreshments, game consoles, juke box, WiFi and a place to drop by to catch up with a member of the TYA team or just chill out waiting for appointments.

Teenage Cancer Trust Unit Ward C9, Addenbrooke's Hospital

01223 274222- a dedicated clinical space for young people (age 14 to 24) incorporating 8 in patient beds (five single rooms and a 3 bedded bay) and a day unit where you can receive treatment and supportive therapies for cancer in a pleasant environment with people of your own age.

Non-urgent advice: Referral information

You should be referred to the TYA service by your treating team when they first meet you and you are told you have cancer. Following this one of the TYA team will contact you, usually by phone, to introduce themselves and discuss what we can offer to support you. You are welcome to refer yourself if you wish.

Supporting organisations

  • Centre 33 - Supports Young People upto the age of 25 with a range of issues
  • Cambridgeshire Youth Support Service Supports 11-19 year olds
  • Action For Children Outreach Services for children in Cambridgeshire
  • The Big C - Cancer support in Norfolk and Waveney (www.big-c.co.uk)
  • Macmillan website
  • Bloodwise website
  • CCLG
  • Lekaemia Care
  • Lymphoma Action
  • Clic Sargent 01223 714439
  • The Brain Tumour Charity - Teenage and Young Adult Service
  • Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (retinoblastoma)
  • Health Talk - Young People's Experience of Cancer
  • Kids Cancer Charity (formerly Christian Lewis Trust)
  • Macmillan Cancer Info for Teens and Young Adults
  • SHINE Cancer Support (adults in 20s, 30s or 40s)
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Teenage and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC)
  • Teens Unite Fighting Cancer
  • The Kite Trust (Support for LGBT under-25's)
  • The Mix
  • Trekstock Young Adult Cancer Support (adults in 20s and 30s)
  • TYA Help (Help! I've got cancer - supporting the wellbeing of teenagers and young adults)
  • Dreams Come True (ages 2 to 21, serious conditions)
  • Josie's Dragonfly (ages 0 to 24, cure no longer possible)
  • Make a Wish Foundation (ages 3 to 17, life-threatening condition)
  • Rays of Sunshine (ages 3 to 18, serious or life-limiting illnesses)
  • Something to Look Forward To (patients and families, receiving treatment or in 3 years following treatment)
  • Steph's Wishes (ages 18 to 25, recurring or terminal cancer)
  • Willow (ages 16 to 40, life-threatening illness or undertaking active treatment for a curative condition, excluding maintenance therapy)
  • Mummys Star - supporting pregnancy through cancer and beyond (mummystar.org)
  • Working with Cancer - help employees affected by cancer to return to work (www.workingwithcancer.co.uk)