Adolescents and young adults

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

Websites

Booklets

Canteen

ONTrac at Peter Mac

Cancer Council

Cancer Council Victoria web pages and booklets:

Other

  • Elephants and Tea: Website and online magazine written for and by adolescent and young adults patients (15 – 39 years) (US)  

Podcasts

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

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)
  • Redkite: Support for young people (up to 19th birthday) and their families during and after treatment
  • Headspace: Free online and telephone support and counselling for 12 – 25 year olds, their families and friends
  • Australian Psychologist Society: Find a psychologist in your local area  
  • Lifeline 13 11 14: Online support services, 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention  
  • The Christina Ghobadi Foundation: Wellness grants for young people (18 – 30 years) living with or recovering from cancer (requires health professional referral). Grants of up to $500 can be used for gym memberships, yoga classes, books, tickets to sporting events and more.  

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 ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Service and the Victorian Government on youth related cancer programs and initiatives.