Introduction

Evidence shows that many cancer survivors have unmet needs, particularly at the end of treatment. We have developed a bespoke End of Treatment Clinic for young people and their network to provide an opportunity for reflection on what they have been through, living with uncertainty, and moving forward. 

Method

  • Invites sent to young people approaching, or at the end, of treatment
  • Clinics held at six monthly intervals
  • Powerpoint presentation delivered by the Lead Oncology Support Specialist
  • The TYA Team attend to support and contribute
  • Content of the presentation and supporting handouts distributed
  • Opportunity for peer support at the end of the Clinic
  • Takeaway pizza provided.

 Results:

  • Four End of Treatment Clinics have taken place.
  • Twenty five young people have attended accompanied by thirty one network members.
  • Positive feedback has been received about the content of the Clinic.

 Discussion:

  • We request feedback at every Clinic and review the Clinics annually.
  • The ‘social’ part of the evening, including pizza, is invaluable for young people and the network members to continue to reflect on, and explore, what they have heard.
  • Attending this Clinic does not necessarily mean the end of support being offered to the young person and may increase the need for further 1:1 and peer support.
  • We are exploring inviting young people receiving treatment elsewhere where we know there is not a similar Clinic on offer.
  • We are exploring with other TYA designated hospitals in the South West whether delivery of these Clinics can be replicated in these hospitals.

Authors:

Lorraine Beddard (Teenage Cancer Trust Teenager and Young Adult Clinical Liaison Nurse) and Richard Nobes (CLIC Sargent Young Person’s Social Worker)

Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter