Cancer survivorship for adolescents and young adults

Cancer and its treatment can change the life of a young person. You may find these resources and information helpful after finishing treatment and as you move forward.    





Victorian AYA Cancer Service

Cancer Council 

Cancer Council web pages and booklets: 



  • Sleep and young people fact sheet, Headspace. Sleep myths, truths, and tips for young people. 

  • ReachOut website. Information and resources for young people about identity, bullying, mental health, relationships, study, work, money and more.  

  • Tune In Not Out website. Videos and factsheets for young people about life’s challenges and other aspects of health and wellbeing. 

  • Future Fertility website. An oncofertility service with information and resources for young people including topics relating to fertility and sex. 

  • Elephants and Tea website. Stories and online magazine written for and by 15 – 39-year-old patients. (US)



  • 25StayAlive. An engaging, filter-free podcast, educating and inspiring young people to be proactive with their health. 

  • Life on Pause, PennState Health. A monthly podcast for and by young adults living with cancer. (US) 

  • Getting Cancer Young videos. Series of eight short videos about survivorship and life after treatment.


Support services 

  • Cancer Council 13 11 20. Free telephone service managed by cancer nurses providing information, emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer. 

  • Canteen. Counselling and individual support, peer support and programs, Canteen Connect (online community). 

  • Youth Cancer Services (YCS). Each Australian state has a team of health care professionals specialising in the cancer treatment and care of young people aged 15-25 that you can contact for help and advice.

  • Redkite. Support for people, up to 19th birthday, and their families during and after treatment. 

  • Headspace. Free online and telephone support and counselling. Available for 12 – 25-year-olds, their families, and friends. 

  • Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636. Online and 24/7 telephone counselling support. 

  • Youth Beyond Blue. Information and support for young people about dealing with low mood/depression, anxiety and other concerns. 

  • Australian Psychologist Society. Find a psychologist in your local area. 

  • Lifeline 13 11 14. Online support services, 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention. 

  • Kids Helpline. Youth-specific, age-based information about identity, physical, mental, and emotional health and wellbeing, relationships, study and dealing with life’s challenges. 

  • Gather my Crew. A web-based tool for setting up a support crew for yourself or someone else. 

  • The Christina Ghobadi Foundation. Wellness grants for young people (18 – 30 years) living with or recovering from cancer. This service requires a health professional referral. Supplies grants of up to $500. These can be used for gym memberships, yoga classes, books, tickets to sporting events and more. 

  • Centrelink. A range of payments or other benefits may be available for young people and their carers.


Group programs 

  • Victorian AYA Cancer Service. Free group programs for young people aged 15-25, during and after treatment. Includes study and work skills, visual arts, exercise, and post-treatment health and wellbeing.



The information on this page has been endorsed by the Victorian & Tasmanian Youth Cancer Action Board (YCAB), a 12-member board of young people who advise and guide the Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Service and the Victorian Government on youth related cancer programs and initiatives.