Teenage Oncology Patients Support

14th July 2000 at 01:00
Student Bryony Carr is looking forward to repeating a trip she has made on a regular basis since she became a teenager. She is going to Atlantic College in South Wales for a week of activity and adventure.

"That first holiday was one of the best weeks of my life," she says. This summer she will renew contacts with "lots of friends", try out some new activities and generally take time out from a busy schedule.

The busy routine Bryony is keen to escape from involves neither work nor study, it is her treatment schedule. She is recovering from a brain tumour.

"I was diagnosed in 1996 after being in pain for about six months. There was surgery and radiotherapy and I seemed to be in te clear. But last year one of my regular scans showed that the cancer seemed to have returned. I had a bone marrow transplant last July and six months of chemotherapy."

Early on in the programme Bryony's medical social worker referred her to TOPS, the charity that supports teenagers with cancer, and since then Bryony has been a TOPS regular. The key factor is the opportunity to meet people who share the same experience.

"Having cancer is a major part of my life," she says "And it makes a big difference to be able to talk about it freely. A lot of people just freak out as soon as they hear the word."

TOPS operates in the South-west only at present. Tel: 0117 311 2624.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today