The period between adolescence and adulthood, somewhere between 15 and 40 give or take an angst.
Cancer and the Young Adult
“It’s the number one disease-related killer in young adults,” said Karen Albritton, an oncologist at the Dana-Farber Institute. “More people die of accidents and trauma, but after that, in terms of disease, it’s the number one cause of death.
Disturbing statistics, originally gathered by Dr. W. Archie Bleyer at the University of Texas Medical Center, show that since 1975, cancer survival rates have not improved for the 15-40 age group.”
(ABC NEWS: The Sandwich Generation: Cancer Diagnosis for Young Adults Overlooked, September 17, 2007)
Where to find resources for Young Adult Cancer Resources?
Here is a sampling of what is available online:
Planet Cancer describes YA as the period between “pediatric and geriatric.” I love that!
This is wonderfully irreverent site with changing home page banners. Some of those banners are:
When No One Else Thinks It’s Funny, We’re Here.
Just Like Animal Planet, With Less Hair
Not Yo,’ Moma’s Web Site.
Planet Cancer was founded by Heidi Adams, an Ewing’s Sarcoma survivor. Literally one of the most alive sites out there. It includes a social network community, information, a great store with awesome products and much, much more. There is so much going on at this site that I guarantee you will go back again and again. You might even consider getting involved. Planet Cancer is accepting applications for Forum Moderator: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m Too Young For This. The mission of this organization, “to end isolation and improve quality of life for young adults affected by cancer.”
The I’m Too Young For This, Cancer Foundation working with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has free young adult conferences scheduled for this spring. Topics include: fertility Legal issues, Psycho/Social Issues, Patient Panel and Caregiver Panel. For more information see the site.
I’m Too Young for This also provides information, support, social networking, blogs, a magazine and newsletter. I am unable to do this site justice here. So what are you waiting for? Go visit.
Re-Mission the site, created by HopeLab, a non-profit organization for improving the health and quality of life for young people with chronic illness.
Re-mission is a ” website for teens and young adults with cancer.” Re-Mission includes the a community, blog, resources and ….Re-Mission, THE GAME!
LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance, part of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. “Bringing together for the first time key voices in the cancer community to effect positive results for young adults, the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance is a coalition of organizations with the goal to improve the survival rates and quality of life for young adults with cancer between the ages of 15 and 40.”
Teens Living With Cancer, “Everything you [n]ever wanted to know about cancer.” The site provides an incredible amount of information, stories, and discussion boards, all targeted at supporting teenagers with cancer.
First Descendants, based in Vail, Colorado, is “a kayak and outdoor experience for young adults with cancer.” Outdoor activities located in Vail Valley, Colorado and Kallispell, Montana are offered free to applicants.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults provides support, education and community grants.
Have more sites? Send them to me here at Battling Cancer and I will be happy to feature them.
Young Adult Cancer Books
Cancer in Young Adults: Through a Parent’s Eyes by Anne Grinyer
Magical Story: A Teenager’s Inspiring Battle Over Hodgkin’s Disease by Leslie Bowden and Brian Bowden