Grow­ing Up With Can­cer

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Doc­u­men­tary / 7.30pm / BBC1

Within Glas­gow’s royal Hospi­tal for Chil­dren, the Teenage Can­cer Trust has set up a spe­cial unit. This film fol­lows the treat­ment of three teenagers there and it’s im­pos­si­ble not to be deeply im­pressed by their re­sponse as they en­dure not only ill­ness but also many side ef­fects. ‘I need to keep a smile on my face be­cause I know it’s help­ing my par­ents’, says Nairn, 14, while Natasha, 15, ex­plains: ‘It’s hard to deal with at the be­gin­ning. But then there’s noth­ing else you can do. You’ve got it. Deal with it.’ The unit aims to get the teens to sup­port each other: ‘I wouldn’t say it feels any dif­fer­ent to hang­ing out with reg­u­lar friends,’ says De­clan, 14, ‘apart from the drips go­ing off ev­ery five min­utes.’

Natasha and Nairn are two of the teenagers pro­vid­ing sup­port for each other

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