CanTeen expands counselling service

The CanTeen Counselling Service gives young people aged 12–24 who have cancer or who have a family member with cancer, an opportunity to talk to a trained cancer counsellor. The expansion of the service follows the success of a pilot program aimed at young people affected by parental cancer.

To date, the pilot program has conducted more than 2000 counselling sessions. The expansion, made possible by a grant from the NIB foundation, allows the youth cancer charity to provide an additional 6000 sessions as well as establishing a new face-to-face counselling service in Western Australia.

CanTeen CEO Peter Orchard said the charity is encouraging GPs to inform their cancer patients or the children of cancer patients about the service.

“Often young people with parents who have cancer seem to be a bit invisible but their levels of psychological distress can be six times that of the general public,” Mr Orchard said. “It would be

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