Resources for patients and families

A cancer diagnosis can raise many questions and concerns for young people and their families.

Everyone’s experience and circumstances are unique (even for those of the same age, with the same cancer type and treatment), so while we hope you find these resources helpful, your GP and treating team are the best sources for information tailored to you.

Resources by ONTrac at Peter Mac

The below resources were developed by the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian AYA Cancer Service in collaboration with young people and organisational partners:


  • Headspace - youth-specific information relating to general mental and physical health, work and study, drugs and alcohol
  • Youth Beyond Blue - information and support for young people about dealing with low mood/depression, anxiety and other concerns
  • ReachOut - information for young people on topics such as identity, bullying, mental health, relationships, study, work and money, along with recommended tools and apps
  • Kids Helpline - youth-specific, age-based information about many topics relating to identity, physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, relationships, study and dealing with life’s challenges
  • Tune in not out - videos and factsheets for young people about dealing with life’s challenges and other aspects of health and wellbeing
  • ReGenerate (ONTrac at Peter Mac) – podcasts from the ReGenerate app on life after treatment for young people, hosted by young cancer survivors and featuring a range of health professional guests specialising in youth cancer care (coming soon)
  • Life on Pause podcast (USA) – a monthly podcast for and by young adults living with cancer
  • Cancer Answer (CanTeen) – an app for helping manage all your cancer-related questions, including the ability to record appointments and listen back to answers in your own time
  • – tips and resources from music therapists for young people living with cancer
  • Gather my Crew – a web-based tool for setting up a support crew for yourself or someone else

CanTeen offers a range of information, resources and support for young people aged 12-25 with a partner, parent/carer, sibling or friend with cancer, including: