Your options

All young people who are diagnosed with cancer have the right to be treated in a principal treatment centre, like Southampton. Your doctor can make all the necessary arrangements for this to happen, no matter which hospital you are first seen in.

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

You may be able to have some of your treatment in a hospital nearer to your home, when it is safe to do so. This is called ‘shared care’ and we will discuss this with you if it is an option.

You can read more about your options – and complete a checklist compiled by patients who have completed their treatment – on

If you would like to visit our unit and meet the team before starting any treatment, or if you are thinking about transferring your treatment to us, call one of our nurses on 07920 708342 or 07920 708343, or ask your doctor or nurse to do it for you.

Aged 13 to 16?

Teenagers aged 13 to 15 years are looked after on the children’s cancer unit (Piam Brown). It should be possible for you to transfer to our unit when you are 16 if you, your parents and the care team think it’s a good idea.

Young people who are diagnosed with cancer when they’re 16 usually have the option of being looked after on either the children’s or the teenager's unit. If you are 16, we can show you round and introduce you to the children’s team to help you and your family choose the best option for you.