Teenage unit for cancer patients

PUBLISHED: 16:32 22 June 2007 | UPDATED: 22:53 28 May 2010

A MARCH family has welcomed plans for a new £1.5m teenage cancer unit to be built at Addenbrooke s Hospital, Cambridge. The Sutton family raised money for the children s cancer ward because their son, Stuart, was a patient there over a period of eight yea

A MARCH family has welcomed plans for a new £1.5m teenage cancer unit to be built at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

The Sutton family raised money for the children's cancer ward because their son, Stuart, was a patient there over a period of eight years.

Stuart died four years ago at the age of 15 after a severe bone marrow failure.

Mum, Marian Sutton, said: "This is going to be a very good thing because the children's ward covers such a wide age range from babies to older teenagers.

"Teenagers cannot be occupied in the same way as smaller children, they do need something separate for themselves. When Stuart was there, there was a separate room with computers in for teenagers, but this will be really good."

The new Teenage Cancer Trust centre will have 10 beds to treat those aged between 13 and 22. At the moment youngsters have to stay in the children's or adult cancer wards.

Rock star Roger Daltry is patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust. He said: "Teenagers are vastly different from children or adults and should be treated in dedicated units."

It is hoped work will begin in April, for completion in 2009.

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