Cancer Communities & Survivorship Support

10 to Thrive
From Thrive/Survive Los Angeles, provides an easy-to-navigate eBook of top 10 lists dealing with 10 different areas of a young adult survivor’s life, such as career, finance and dating.

15-40 Connection
Works to create awareness that improvements in teen and young adult cancer survival rates have remained near 0% since 1975 and to promote health awareness, self-advocacy and action to provide this age group with the life-saving advantage of early detection.

3 Little Birds 4 Life
Grants wishes for current young adult cancer patients 18-40 years of age, to enhance their lives one wish at a time!

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivors Network
Provides an online community for survivors with the ability to build your own website, chat with other survivors, and share individual experiences with cancer.

Association of Online Cancer Resources (ACOR)
A collection of online cancer communities designed to provide timely and accurate information in a supportive environment. It is a free lifeline for everyone affected by cancer & related disorders. Contains 130 online communities to connect online and share information and support.

Camp Mak-A-Dream
Provides Young Adult Conferences for young adults with cancer to connect with peers who are going through similar experiences.

CancerCare Young Adults
Provides online support groups, publications, videos, and face-to-face groups in New York City directed exclusively to young adult survivors of cancer.

Cancer Hope Network
Provides one-on-one support to people undergoing treatment for cancer and to their families.

Cancer.net
Provides resources for cancer survivors and their friends and family.

The Cancer Support Community
Provides support, education and hope to people affected by cancer, offering a menu of personalized services and education. A global network, online and in-person support services are available through a network of professionally-led community-based centers, hospitals, and community oncology practices. Find your local affiliate by clicking here. If you’re in the greater Boston area, please visit the Cancer Support Community – Massachusetts South Shore.

Childhood Cancer Guides
Publisher of award-winning books for families of children with cancer and survivors of childhood cancer. Books provide a combination of accurate medical information and true stories from hundreds of children with cancer and their families.

Children’s Oncology Group
Provides a comprehensive guide to establishing and enhancing long-term follow-up programs for childhood cancer survivors.

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
Dedicated to serving adolescent and young adults with cancer, The Samfund is a charter member. The Critical Mass mission is to increase the survival rate and improve the quality of life AYAs with cancer by highlighting the unique features of the AYA cancer experience. Provides an annual conference for organizations serving YAs and a list of survivorship resources.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: For Cancer Survivors
List of resources for adult cancer survivors and childhood cancer survivors.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Patient and Family Resources
Extensive list of resources for cancer patients, family members, and caregivers.

First Descents
Offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. Programs are all over the country and range anywhere from 1 day to 1 week. Any YA with cancer is eligible regardless of physical challenges, diagnosis or prognosis.

Focus Under Forty
Provides educational programs to shed light on the unique biology and care issues that are associated with patients with young adult cancer survivors. The goals for the educational courses in this series are to increase awareness and enhance the understanding of care issues and challenges associated with this patient population. Educational partners developing this Series include: ASCO, the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation, LIVESTRONG, the Commission on Cancer/American College of Surgeons, the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology, and the American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology.

Guide to Breast Cancer Surgery
Visit this page to learn more about what to expect when facing breast cancer surgery. Learn more about breast cancer, prevention, descriptions of possible surgical procedures, and support for families and caregivers. Information provided by Plastic Surgery Info, Canada.

Hope for Young Adults with Cancer
Provides financial support, a social network and outlet for young adults (18-40) that are battling, surviving and living with cancer.

Imerman Angels
Provides personalized connections that enable one-on-one support among cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers. Through a unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners anyone seeking cancer support with a “Mentor Angel”. A Mentor Angel is a cancer survivor or survivor’s caregiver who is the same age, same gender, and most importantly who has beaten the same type of cancer. A Mentor Angel is walking, talking, living proof, and inspiration that cancer can be beaten. The service is free and helps anyone touched by any type of cancer, at any cancer stage level, at any age, living anywhere in the world.

Know Cancer
Provides a cancer social network, resource directory & education hub supporting all those affected by cancer. Categories for resources include medical, general wellness, financial, business, and mental health

Lacuna Loft
Lacuna Loft is a social enterprise geared towards young adults dealing with cancer or long term illness, either as patients or as caregivers, and their support network. Articles on survivorship, low-key do-it-yourself activities, exercise, personal stories, tips for the kitchen, alternatives to late nights, cancer life hacks, and much more allow young adults to adapt and thrive in their new, slower day-to-day life.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Provides a booklet, Cancer and Your Finances, with comprehensive information on types of health insurance, COBRA, federal employment protection, and more. Provides a co-pay assistance program to help pay insurance premiums and meet co-pay obligations (application required.) Provides the YA Connect program, including a weekly online chat and a blood cancer discussion board section for the YA community.

M Powerment
M Powerment hosts one-time, two-day workshops for male cancer patients and survivors at local bars across the United States. Visit their website to hear stories, learn about resources, chat with other users via message boards, and find an event near you.

mAssKickers
Provides a website geared towards the newly diagnosed patient and loved ones with continually updated information.

Mesothelioma Resource Online
A resource for everything related to asbestos in order to promote education and awareness for victims, their families, and the general public. Includes information on legal action for patients exposed to asbestos.

My Cancer Place
Provides the ability to join a community of people with cancer, share information, give and receive support, learn from the experiences of others, and create a free web page with text and photos.

My Cancer Advisor
Helps patients become better informed and educated about their cancer. Also includes My Patient Resource that provides a listing and contact information of every cancer treatment facility as well as cancer-specific patient advocacy groups.

National Cancer Institute (Adolescents & Young Adult-specific)
Provides information on the most common cancers in young people, how cancer is diagnosed and treated. Provides resources for where to get treatment and what questions to ask about clinical trials as well as tips to cope and lists of organizations that serve young people with cancer.

National Comprehensive Cancer Network – Guidelines for AYA Patients
Provides an online booklet to help adolescent and young adult cancer patients get the support they need, including the best possible cancer treatment. Includes basic information on cancer tests and treatments, tips for coping with the physical, social, and emotional challenges of cancer treatment, and information on resources that can help make the process easier.

Navigating Cancer
Provides tools for cancer survivors to help manage recovery. Provides information, patient education materials, and the latest research from trusted resources including the National Cancer Institute and non-profit advocacy groups.

Next Step
Provides in-person support, education and resources for young people coping with serious illness.

Prepare to Live
A program managed by cancer survivors, utilizing the power of documentary style filmmaking and the worldwide web to create a global community of cancer patients, survivors and caregivers.

Sarcoma Alliance Support Groups
The Sarcoma Alliance strives to improve the lives of people affected by sarcoma through accurate diagnosis, improved access to care, guidance, education, and support. On their website they include a list of support groups by state.

SeventyK Wellness Network
Provides diagnosis, treatment, and YA survivorship information. Offers “tips for life” from patients, caregivers and medical professionals. Provides a printed organizer/journal for doctor’s appointments, critical information, questions, answers and more.

Sloan-Kettering Survivorship Guide
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s survivorship resources.

Stupid Cancer
Empowers young adults affected by cancer through online and offline support communities ranging from nationwide through local events, social media, educational workshops, an international annual conference and a live weekly talk radio program, The Stupid Cancer Show, which airs Mondays at 8pm ET.

Teen Cancer America
Dedicated to improving the lives of of teenagers and young adults with cancer. Partners with hospitals to create youth-oriented centers for those receiving treatment. These units provide peer support and interaction for teens and young adults receiving treatment at in- and out-patient clinics.

Teens Living with Cancer
A community dedicated to helping teens live their best life through all stages of their disease and treatment.

The We Believe Foundation
The We Believe Foundation is a resource that both raises awareness about adolescent and young adult cancers and provides financial assistance to individuals ages 15-29 years old. Applications for assistance open in February and September.

True North Treks
True North Treks is a nonprofit organization that helps young adults with a cancer diagnosis connect to nature, themselves, and one another by offering free backpacking and canoeing treks to remote and backcountry wilderness destinations. True North Treks offers trips for survivors only or a survivor and a caregiver.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Provides support including access to support resources tailored specifically to young adults, increased knowledge of their disease, treatment options and lifelong implications of treatment choices, and effective communication with their clinical care team, family, friends, community and others in their support network. In addition to scholarships, also provides the UCF Patient Navigation Program to ensure no young adult faces cancer alone.

Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer
Provides newly diagnosed AYAs in Montreal with free diversions, resources and tools to help ease their cancer journey and to provide leadership in raising public awareness regarding increasing occurrences of cancer within the normally robust AYA population.

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center (located in Harvard, MA) is an educational non-profit providing free and subsidized cancer support to all regardless of gender, cancer or financial limitations. Integrative and Complementary cancer support includes Support Groups, individual and family counseling, oncology massage and acupuncture, yoga, QiGong/tai chi, nutrition education, personal training, reiki, seasonal Retreats and social work support (applying to grants and funds for help with mortgage, utilities, childcare, etc.).

Vital Options International
Vital Options International (VOI) is a nonprofit cancer communication, education, and advocacy organization that generates global cancer conversations. Through its Advocacy in Action, Vital Conversations, and Living With Cancer platforms and online video resources, VOI shares timely panel discussions and interviews conducted internationally with cancer patients, advocates, healthcare professionals, and oncology thought leaders.

Young Adult Cancer Canada
A community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills and opportunity.

Young Adult Cancer Foundation
Young Adult Cancer Foundation (YACF) is a new nonprofit organization aimed at addressing the lack of awareness and support available to cancer patients and survivors between the ages of 18-39. YACF will support young adult patients through both funding research and providing grants to patients in need of financial aid.

Young Survival Coalition
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.