daltrey appeared at opening of new TCT unit in newcastle

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Fri May 21 03:38:50 UTC 2010

reported may 18th:
TOMORROW a new unit will be officially opened on Tyneside for teenage  
cancer patients. Health Reporter Helen Rae finds out more.  
EVERY day six families are told their teenager has cancer. 
That figure is rising. Many of the forms of cancer diagnosed are rare,  
including bone cancer, leukaemia and osteosarcoma. 
But all too often teenagers treated for the illness find it difficult to  
settle within a hospital environment – too old for a children’s ward yet too 
 young to be treated alongside adult patients. 
As a result, a new ground-breaking teenage cancer unit has been set up on  
Tyneside to help youngsters with the disease and it will be officially 
opened on  Wednesday. It is estimated more than 100 young people will use the 
centre each  year. 

Rock legend Roger Daltrey and X Factor  winner Joe McElderry will visit the 
centre at Newcastle’s Great North Children’s  Hospital, where they will be 
introduced to patients and staff before cutting the  ribbon to mark its 
official opening.
Simon Davies, chief executive of the Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “It has 
been  four years in the making and it’s a fantastic facility. It is going to 
tick all  the right boxes for young people diagnosed with cancer.” 
The long-awaited £1.7m 10-bed unit provides care for 13 to 18-year-olds 
with  cancer from across the North East and Cumbria. 
It has replaced the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria 
Unlike ‘ordinary’ hospital wards, it has been designed by, and 
specifically  for, teenagers to be like a ‘home from home’. 
It includes a recreational room – complete with pool table, plasma 
television  and juke box – a kitchen and dining area, a study, a parents’ room, a  
complementary therapy room and a chill-out zone, as well as access to 
internet  facilities and rooms where parents can stay with their ill child. 
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