A charity that provides support for teenagers and young people with cancer has opened in Aberdeen – and is looking to expand further north.
The Teenage Cancer Trust has specialist units in Glasgow and Edinburgh, meaning young cancer sufferers have their own specially designed area – away from the sick kids’ hospital and adult wards.
Now the trust has created two new nursing posts in Aberdeen, allowing them to offer tailored care and age-appropriate advice.
Diane Brands and Amanda Copland are based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and will offer on-site support across Grampian.
Dawn Crosby, regional service manager for the charity, said they hope to support young people before diagnosis and explained that they go into schools to teach youngsters about the warning signs for cancer.
The charity is planning to appoint a nurse in Inverness and another in Dundee this year.
Lead nurse for the trust Liz Watt said: “It’s absolutely essential that every young person with cancer is reached and no young person faces cancer alone.”