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Poster Display session 3

5084 - The BRIGHTLIGHT national survey of the impact of specialist teenage and young adult cancer care on caregivers’ information and support needs


30 Sep 2019


Poster Display session 3


Rachel Taylor


Annals of Oncology (2019) 30 (suppl_5): v829-v835. 10.1093/annonc/mdz275


R.M. Taylor1, A. Martins2, J. Alvarez-Galvez3, L.A. Fern1, C. Vindrola-Padros4, J.A. Barber5, F. Gibson6, J. Whelan7

Author affiliations

  • 1 Cancer Division, University College London Hospital UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, NW1 2PG - London/GB
  • 2 Cancer Clinical Trials Unit, University College London Hospital UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, NW1 2PG - London/GB
  • 3 Department Of Biomedicine, Biotechnology And Public Health, University of Cadiz, 11001 - Cadiz/ES
  • 4 Faculty Of Pop Health Sciences, University College London, WC1E 7HB - London/GB
  • 5 Department Of Statistical Science, University College London, WC1E 7HB - London/GB
  • 6 Centre For Outcomes And Experience Research In Children’s Health, Illness And Disability (orchid), Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, WC1N 3JH - London/GB
  • 7 Oncology, University College London Hospital UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, NW1 2PG - London/GB


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Abstract 5084


Teenage and young adult cancer services in England are centralised in 13 principal treatment centres (TYA PTC). We sought to evaluate whether caregivers of young people with cancer had fewer unmet information and support needs if cancer care was provided in a TYA PTC.


Participants in the cohort study of young people with cancer nominated their main carer to complete the BRIGHTLIGHT Carer Questionnaire. Questionnaires were completed six months after diagnosis. Comparisons were made according to where young people’s care was delivered: all, some or no care in a TYA PTC. Principal component analysis reduced the questionnaire to five dimensions, which were used as dependent variables in subsequent regression analysis.


A total of 830 young people were part of the BRIGHTLIGHT Cohort, of which 514 (62%) caregivers returned a questionnaire. Four hundred and seventy-six responses out of 514 returned questionnaires (92%) could be linked to the location of young people’s care and were included in the analysis. The majority of caregivers were white (89.7%), middle aged (71.1%), married/cohabiting (78%) mothers (80.2%). The Adjusted analysis indicated that caregivers of young people who had all or some of their care in a TYA PTC had more satisfaction with support and also with services specifically provided for carers. Those who had some care in a TYA PTC had greater satisfaction with information but less opportunity to be involved in decisions.


Caregivers of young people who had no TYA PTC, i.e. treated solely in adult or children’s cancer units have the most unmet information and support needs.

Clinical trial identification

Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study



National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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