Young adult cancer survivors are a unique group, with unique sets of needs. As digital natives, you can find information here to connect both in person and online, including support groups and funding for school.
The Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program, part of Tufts Cancer Center, is dedicated to providing survivorship care to individuals between the ages of 18 and 39 who have ever been diagnosed with cancer as well as support and resources for patients navigating care.
The SAMFund supports young adult cancer survivors in the United States as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment. Through direct financial assistance and free online support and education, The SAMFund helps young adults move forward towards their personal, professional, and academic goals.
Cancer is expensive. This site, a partner of The Same Fund, will guide you through key topics that may impact your financial situation. Whether you are newly diagnosed, or many years past active treatment. By answering a series of questions, we will guide you to the information and resources most relevant to you. Start Now
Stupid Cancer has become the largest US-based charity that comprehensively addresses young adult cancer through advocacy, research, support, outreach, awareness, mobile health and social media.
Produced by STUPID CANCER, The STUPID CANCER SHOW is a multi-award-winning talk radio podcast that has given voice to the young adult cancer movement and elevated the case into the global spotlight.
Group Loop is a safe and engaging online community where teens affected by cancer can meet and connect with each other to build social and emotional support, and to regain a sense of control over their lives. Additionally, Group Loop provides educational information about cancer, and tools to cope with the anticipated changes in relationships and day-to-day activities due to a cancer diagnosis. Plus, it’s free to use!
Stupid Cancer’s mobile app connects you to a network of peers who understand what you’re going through -the community you didn’t know you needed, where it doesn’t matter if you or someone you care about is bald, infertile, metastatic, radioactive, missing a boob, a nut, or just cray from chemo brain. There are no judgments here, just peers who get it, because they already got it.
SY’S FUN:D was founded to help young adults ages 18-39 who are facing the challenges of cancer by funding their creative passions, pursuits, and hobbies as well as integrative therapies such as acupuncture, reflexology, Reiki, and therapeutic massage. SY’S FUN:D also provides educational information to raise awareness regarding the challenges young adults with cancer face.
The Allyson Whitney Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that empowers and fights for the interests of young adults with rare cancers. Our vision is to shine a spotlight on an underserved demographic of young adults and to place an emphasis on the need for rare cancer research. Allyson Whitney Foundation primarily provides individuals with ‘life interrupted grants’ to ease their financial burden so that they can concentrate their energy on healing.
Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.
LIVESTRONG Fertility is dedicated to providing educational information and access to resources that support cancer patients and survivors whose cancer and its treatment present risks to their fertility.Through the LIVESTRONG Fertility Discount Program, we help cancer survivors access discounted rates on fertility preservation services. To determine if you are eligible to apply, please review our program application.
Fertility preservation helps cancer patients or survivors avoid infertility which may result from to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and/or surgical treatment. Also, patients with certain non-cancerous conditions including ovarian cysts, family history of early menopause, lupus, women at risk of losing ovarian function at young ages due to genetic causes, or women concerned about loss of eggs and fertility due to natural aging.
Fertility can be affected both during and after cancer treatment. Although cancer treatment may lower a man’s sperm count or cause a woman’s menstrual period to stop, a pregnancy may still be possible. Here is an article on Preserving Fertility Before Cancer Treatment, by the M.D. AndersonCancer Center.
Egg freezing is one of the most highly recommended fertility preservation options for cancer patients. At USC Fertility, egg freezing for cancer patients is a treatment that is foundational to our highly specialized Fertility Preservation Program.