New £1.35m Cancer Centre in Edinburgh for Young People

EdinburghA £1.35m facility has been opened by Sarah, Duchess of York, in Edinburgh. The new facility is aimed to better the plight of young people, aged 16 to 24 in the East of Scotland, affected by cancer. According to estimates, around
200 young people are detected with cancer every year in Scotland.

Patients from the Lothians, Borders, Fife and Dumfries and Galloway can avail benefits of the new facility.

Bethany Millar-Gourlay, 19, was diagnosed with leukaemia last summer. He is one of the first patients to avail the benefits offered by the new facility. He said, "I used to come to the adult ward for treatment and I was the youngest there. Although the other patients were very kind to me I did miss people my own age and having things to do".

The new unit is providing him maintenance chemotherapy and he seems to be extremely happy with the kind of service he is receiving there.

Dawn Crosby, Teenage Cancer Trust head of service strategy in Scotland, said the new unit will play a key role in improving the experience of many young people, because before opening of this unit patients had to go through a feeling of being-lonely as older people were mostly seeking treatment in the same facility they were getting the treatment for their disease.