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.




ONTrac at Peter Mac

Cancer Council

Cancer Council Victoria web pages and booklets:


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


  • 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.