Child, adolescents and young adults

When a young person is diagnosed with cancer it can be a difficult time for them, their family, friends and wider community.

Cancer Council Tasmania’s cancer+ is a state-wide program supporting Tasmanian families of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer up to the age of 25 years, survivors of childhood cancer and the professionals who care for them.

There is a range of support and information available for families when a young person is diagnosed with cancer during and after treatment.

cancer+ can assist young people, family members, friends, health professionals and the wider community with:

  • Guidance on the range of community services available to assist young people affected by cancer and their families;
  • Information on aspects of childhood cancer, adolescent and young adult cancers;
  • Resources, brochures and books for those diagnosed with cancer and their families and schools;
  • Emotional support for immediate and extended family

For further information, please contact our cancer+ Coordinator on 6169 1916.

Financial Support

Financial Assistance is available for families adjusting to a change in their financial circumstances after a cancer diagnosis.

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Seize the Day Awards Scholarships NOW CLOSED

The Seize the Day Awards help with post secondary education costs for young Tasmanians whose lives are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly.

If you are a Tasmanian studying post secondary education in Tasmania or interstate; aged between 16 and 25; have been affected by cancer directly, or indirectly through an immediate family member (parent, guardian, sibling, spouse or child; and are pursuing further education you are eligible to apply.

The Awards go towards costs such as course fees, textbooks, stationery, course equipment, transport and accommodation.

The Seize the Day Awards are offered as part of Cancer Council Tasmania’s  cancer+ program, which support families with children, adolescents and young adults with cancer, survivors of childhood cancer and the professionals that care for them.

Awards open 1 September and close 15 December 2016.

For further information, please contact the cancer+ Coordinator at or call 6169 1916.


A big thank you to our major sponsor for Northern Tasmania, Cape Hope Foundation


cancer+ Scholarship

Professional development scholarships for health and education professionals who are involved with children, adolescents and young adults (up to 25 years) with cancer.

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Children and Cancer Websites

Click through for some useful links on children and cancer.

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Schools and School Communities

“Cancer in the School Community – a guide to staff members” is a fantastic resource with information on how to support students, colleagues and family members affected by cancer.

It includes practical strategies and information about cancer, grief and support resources. Covering topics such as; Information about Cancer, Talking about Cancer, When a Student, Family Member and/or Staff Member has Cancer, The Bereaved School Community and Finding Further Support.

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Talking to Kids About Cancer

A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends on how to discuss the topic with children.

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