Two of the UK’s leading cancer organisations for young people, Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer (TYAC) and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) will merge in 2018, bringing together the country’s top experts in the field to improve care and extend service reach for young patients.
The news comes at a time when Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK have also announced a 2018 merger.
Trustees from both TYAC and CCLC say they have reached an agreement to work in collaboration as of the new year, to provide a stable platform for the further growth and development of TYAC as the country’s only membership body of its kind.
TYAC members voted overwhelmingly in favour of dissolving the current structure of TYAC to allow a merger with CCLG. The organisation will benefit from CCLG’s extensive infrastructure, enabling its membership to direct their energies to delivering the core business of TYAC, working to achieve the best possible care for teenagers and young adults with cancer.
The merger will also present an exciting opportunity for both organisations, to develop a detailed research strategy in partnership, to ensure that all young people and their families have the maximum opportunity to contribute to and participate in research that directly affects them.
Dr Dave Hobin, Consultant Paediatric Oncologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and TYAC Chair said: “I am delighted we are now in a position to move forward and forge our collaboration with CCLG. As a membership organisation, we always aim to provide our members with the latest research and best practice guidance in the field. This partnership will drastically increase the resources we are able to provide to our members and ultimately, help to improve the care they give.
“I am now more confident than ever about the future of TYAC and how we can ensure the best care and opportunities for young people with cancer.”
Ashley Gamble, Executive Director, CCLG added: “We’re pleased to be working more closely with TYAC, bringing together the expertise of both organisations, and the passion and commitment of their respective memberships, to ensure that all children, teenagers and young adults with cancer receive the best possible treatment and care.”
Both organisations will retain their separate memberships and brand identity, but will share a ‘behind-the-scenes’ infrastructure, combining their extensive resources, including their experienced staff team. This will allow for increased efficiency and the sharing of ideas, expertise and best practice across the two groups.