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Annual Young Adult Cancer Conference

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

    Saturday, April 1, 2017
    8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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

    The Young Adult Program (YAP) at Dana-Farber hosted its 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 was open to patients treated at Dana-Farber and beyond, as well as their families and supporters.

    Featured speaker:

    Abby Morgan
    Abby Morgan

    Abby Morgan had just finished her first year working as an art teacher when she was diagnosed with metastatic synovial sarcoma at 28. Cancer caused many disruptions, but with the support of family and friends, she has adapted to these changes and found great joy in a new role as mother to her young daughter. She will share her journey and cancer's impact on her professional, personal, and creative lives. There will be time for interaction and reflections on living as a young adult with cancer.

    Workshops facilitated by Dana-Farber experts include:

    • There's an app for that: technology and coping
    • Straight talk with your team: having the conversations you need with your oncologist
    • What to say…and not to say
    • Caregiving and parenting
    • Breathe now yoga
    • Stitch the stress away
    • Planning for the "what ifs"
    • When a young adult you love has cancer
    • Dancing through cancer

    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 #YAcancer17.

    To register, please email yap@dfci.harvard.edu by Friday, March 17.

    Learn more about this year's conference.

    Highlights from previous conferences

    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.

    Watch the 2014 keynote address from patient Tara Shuman and a compilation of our "Cancer Is...I am..." Vine videos from the 2014 conference.

    YAP conference

    YAP conference 2016 activity