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Teenagers vs Cancer: A User's Guide

Inspirational film revealing how 11 teenagers and young adults deal with cancer diagnosis and treatment. These moving stories share a sense of hope and teenage bloody-mindedness.

What is it like to be young and find out you have got cancer? What you will find out in this film may surprise you.

This film, narrated by actor and comedian Jack Whitehall, tells 11 inspirational stories, revealing how a range of young people have dealt with their cancer diagnosis and the treatment process. We hear, primarily in their own words, about their fears, their hopes and their experiences - affirming the view that 'the best therapist for a teenager with cancer... is another teenager with cancer.'

Chloe, Harry, Liam, Tim and Matt introduce us to the bespoke ward facilities, specialist nursing and social worker support which is tailored to this age group - and which is largely funded by charities, such as CLIC Sargent, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Teenage Cancer Trust. Magda and Sophie give us an insight into the world of drugs development which is giving great benefit to some people - but Chloe's story tragically presents the argument that the age restrictions on drugs trials should be broadened. Nick, Yazz and Roisin reveal the depth and innovative nature of the support that goes into teenage and young adult cancer care.

What all their stories share is a sense of hope - and teenage bloody-mindedness.

1 hour

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:03

    Dua Lipa

    Hotter Than Hell

  • 00:04

    One Direction, Harry Styles

    More Than This

  • 00:04

    Ellie Goulding


  • 00:08



  • 00:10

    Gabrielle Aplin

    Please Don't Say You Love Me

  • 00:19

    Tom Chaplin

    Solid Gold

  • 00:42

    Jake Bugg

    A Song About Love

  • 00:48

    Laura Mvula

    Green Garden

  • 00:54

    Mystery Jets


  • 00:59

    Ellie Goulding



Role Contributor
Narrator Jack Whitehall
Series Editor Steve Crabtree
Series Producer Rob Liddell
Series Producer Zoe Heron
Director Giles Harrison


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