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Annual Young Adult Cancer Conference

  • A one-day conference for young adults treated for cancer, and their families

    Saturday, April 7, 2018
    8:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, Third Floor
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue     
    Boston, MA 02215

    The Young Adult Program (YAP) at Dana-Farber will host its 15th annual conference for young adult patients and their caregivers to learn strategies for coping with cancer as a young adult, and meet other patients facing similar challenges. The conference is open to patients treated at Dana-Farber and beyond, as well as their families and supporters.

    Featured speaker:

    Lauren Leonard

    Lauren Leonard

    Lauren was a recent college graduate, working at her first job and starting her adult life in Boston, when she was diagnosed with stage IV primary bone non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Lauren has experienced many losses and changes, but has also found new passions like supporting the adolescent and young adult cancer community. She now works as a clinical research coordinator in the Jimmy Fund Clinic and will matriculate into a nurse practitioner program this Fall - with future hopes of treating patients like herself. Hear Lauren talk about how she has coped with the emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis, and how she is learning to embrace survivorship.

    Featured guest:

    Kate Yglesias Houghton

    Kate Yglesias Houghton, President and CEO of Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance – Empowerment through Advocacy

    Kate is a dedicated policy professional with more than 10 years of experience in federal policy and elections, holding a BA in Political Science and an MA in Public Policy. While serving on President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, Kate was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) at the age of 27. After successfully completing her treatment, she found herself to be “too young” to connect her personal story with federal policy advocacy work until she joined Critical Mass. Now Kate lends her unique personal and professional experience to advancing care and ensuring that the unique needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer are recognized at the federal level. Join this special session as Kate shares her story and how she found meaning through her advocacy work.

    Workshops facilitated by Dana-Farber experts include:

    • Managing Fatigue as a Young Adult
    • When Treatment Ends: How to Navigate Transitions
    • Accepting Change in What We Can't Control
    • When Your Young Adult Spouse or Partner Has Cancer
    • Being the Parent of a Young Adult with Cancer
    • Using Cooking to Nurture and Build Community
    • Mindfulness and Yoga Session
    • Symptom Management from Many Perspectives
    • Advocacy in Action

    Follow YAP on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date about events and resources throughout the year. Share your thoughts on the conference using the hashtag #YAcancer18.

    To register, please email by Friday, March 23.

    Learn more about this year's conference – download the brochure!

    Highlights from previous conferences

    Watch the 2017 keynote address from Abby Morgan and 2017 conference Snap Story video.

    Watch the 2016 keynote address from Katherine Walsh and view social media highlights from the day.

    Watch the 2015 keynote address from Carolyn Ridge and a Q&A with former New England Patriots player and cancer survivor, Joe Andruzzi, and his wife Jen.

    YAP conference

    YAP conference 2016 activity