Resources for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
The SAMFund Community Resources
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!
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.
Brenda Mehling Cancer Fund
Supports patients ages 18-40 as they undergo cancer treatment. It provides services to meet daily needs that are not covered by insurance. Typical grants cover $500 worth of medical co-payments, rent and mortgage, transportation, car insurance, repairs, and groceries.
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.Net: For Young Adults with Cancer
Provides a series of videos on coping with challenges faced by young adults diagnosed with cancer, offering perspectives from both survivors and doctors, from ASCO and the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
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.
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.
The Fly Foundation (Financial Lift for Young Adults with Cancer)
Provides temporary assistance to MA/RI young adult residents who are 19-39 and in active treatment to help them navigate the choppy waters of cancer treatment and regain their health without experiencing the setback associated with amassing financial debt.
Hope for Young Adults with Cancer
Provides a social network and outlet for young adults battling, surviving and living with cancer.
My Hometown Heroes
Provides a scholarship fund dedicated to help young adult cancer survivors confidently pursue their life dreams. Provides grants, scholarships, community outreach and memorable lifestyle experiences to financially assist and enhance the quality of life for young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 17 and 35.
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.
Provides in-person support, education and resources for young people coping with serious illness. Relationships are forged, communities built, and minds opened to new possibilities for overcoming obstacles, surviving and thriving.
Prepare to Live
A program managed by cancer survivors, dedicated to using the power of the web and documentary-style filmmaking to provide Help, Hope, Information and Inspiration™ specifically to Young Adults coping with cancer worldwide.
The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund
Provides financial support for AYAs to participate in a clinical trial (some travel expenses). For example, an AYA Cancer Survivor may have an opportunity to participate in a clinical trial at the NIH/NCI (National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute). The NIH/NCI will provide financial assistance to the survivor, but not for a family member.
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.
Rise Above It
RAI supports major ongoing AYAO-specific research initiatives emphasizing AYA clinical trials and outcomes research, which are critical to improving survival rates for young adults affected by cancer. Collaboration and support from numerous governmental, academic, public health, community-based, and other private sector entities are essential to success.
Teen Cancer America
Non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of of teenagers and young adults with cancer.Partners with hospitals to create youth-oriented centers forthose 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.
Trailblazers in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Provides a transcript of the Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology roundtable discussion on AYA issues, challenges, and goals for improvement. Featuring Archie Bleyer, MD, Karen H. Albritton, MD, Ronald D. Barr, MB ChB, MD, Ian J. Lewis, MB ChB, and Leonard S. Sender, MD.
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.
Young Adult Cancer Canada
A community of young adults diagnosed with cancer that provides information, support, skills and opportunity.
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.