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Choice of treatment centre?

Do I have a choice in where I'm treated?

The short answer...

Yes and no!

The long answer...

All young people who are diagnosed with cancer have the right to be treated in a principal treatment centre (PTC), like Bristol.  Your Doctor can make all the necessary arrangements for this to happen, no matter in which hospital you are first seen. Yet not all patients within our region require their treatment to be delivered in Bristol.

Depending on the type of cancer, you may be able to have treatment at a local hospital nearer you that links in with a specialist centre. For some cancer types we have to arrange part of the treatment at specialist hospitals outside of our area.

If you are aged between 19 and 24 (before 25th birthday) you should be offered the opportunity to receive treatment at the TYA Unit in Bristol. Your Doctor or Specialist Nurse will be happy to discuss this with you and will, wherever possible, offer a visit to the TYA Unit and to meet the team. An information booklet is available here which you may find helpful when deciding where you would like to be treated.  Please contact the local TYA Specialist Nurse for further advice on choice and support available (details below)

  • Megan Willsher - TYA Specialist Nurse, Gloucester and Cheltenham mob 07833441289
  • Jacqueline Hulbert - TYA Specialist Nurse, UHBristol, North Bristol and RUH Bath mob 07827896110
  • Lorraine Beddard - TYA Specialist Nurse, Taunton and Exeter mob 07717325391
  • Kerry McKay - TYA Specialist Nurse, Plymouth mob 07769282561
  • Hannah Heayn - TYA Specialist Nurse, Cornwall mob 07879486675

Aged 16 or 17?

If you are aged 16 to 18 years old you will most likely be referred to the TYA unit in Bristol for your treatment and this may be either under the care of the paediatric or adult cancer team. Your doctor will explain which of these might be best for you.

You can read more about your options - and complete a checklist compiled by patients who have already completed their treatment - on www.nhs.uk/youngcancercare

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