Young adults can sometimes feel isolated and out of place when going through their cancer journey. Most patients in doctor’s offices or cancer centers are either older adults or younger children. Not all doctors are familiar with treating cancers in this middle age group, which can often have unusual features. Communication between patients and their doctors can also be an issue, as many cancer doctors are more comfortable dealing with other age groups. It’s very important for people to be able to connect with others who understand what they’re going through and can relate to them on their level. Many support groups – both in person and online – now exist for young adults with cancer who are looking to connect with others in similar situations.
Support Groups, National Organizations and Websites*
Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
Phone Number: 1-512-553-3556
Has information on the unique needs of young adults with cancer, as well as advocacy information andopportunities
A social networking organization for young adult cancer survivors (ages 15 to 40 years old) and their caregivers that offers support to help improve quality of life for young adults affected by cancer.
Phone Number: 1-512-452-9010
An online community of young adults (ages 18 to 40) with cancer who share their information and thoughts of the cancer experience.A little off the beaten path, it is often entertaining and frequently bizarre.
Ulman Cancer Fund For Young Adults
Toll-free number: 1-888-393-3863
For cancer patients between the ages of 18 to 40, works to support, educate, connect, and empower young adult cancer survivors
Toll-free number: 1-888-994-4673
Provides information on having children in the future to cancer patients whose medical treatments raise the risk of infertility; also offers "Live:On," a use-at-home sperm banking kit
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-422-6237
Provides accurate, up-to-date information about cancer to patients and their families, including clinical trials information for patients
*Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by the American Cancer Society.
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