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YAP Programs and Events

  • Susan Englander, Karen Fasciano, Phoebe Souza and Anne Bielaczyc of the YAP Conference Planning Team


    Susan Englander, Karen Fasciano, Phoebe Souza and Anne Bielaczyc of the YAP Conference Planning Team.

  • YAP@DFCI hosts a variety of programs for young adults with cancer that focus on peer support, skill building, educational workshops, and social networking.

    Counseling Services

    YAP can connect you with social workers, psychologists, or psychiatrists who have specific expertise working with young adults. Counselors can help you better understand the emotional impact and challenges of coping with cancer, and can introduce you to helpful, concrete strategies for increasing your coping skills. We offer services for individuals, couples, and families.

    Family Connections

    Family Connections is dedicated to supporting adult cancer patients who are parents and their children. The program offers guidance, information, and resources to those who are dealing with cancer in their family, and helps identify and respond to the needs of parents and children by supporting, supplementing, and empowering family coping.

    Just for Caregivers

    YAP@DFCI/Caregiver is an online community where caregivers of all new, current, and recent young adult patients at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) can share information, learn care giving strategies, understand the unique issues young adults coping with cancer face, and connect with other caregivers of young adults at DF/BWCC. Watch an overview of the community's features.

    To request access, call 617-632-6819 or email yap@dfci.harvard.edu.

    Young and Strong Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer

    Dana-Farber's Young and Strong Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer focuses on the unique needs of women in their early 40s and younger who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, including fertility and genetic counseling, and state-of-the-art cancer care.

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    Snapshot Conversation Aid

    YAP has developed conversation aids to help young adults with cancer discuss their unique needs. View the Snapshot Edit & Frame Care Plan, and email yap@dfci.harvard.edu to learn more or to obtain a copy of the Snapshot conversation aid.

    Support Groups

    Dana-Farber hosts young adult support group sessions every month, along with disease- and identity-specific (e.g., caregiver) support groups. The young adult support group is open to patients between the ages of 18 and 39, whether they are treated at Dana-Farber or elsewhere. The Young Adult Program can also connect patients and their caregivers to other support groups that may be helpful.

    Technology for Young Adults

    Using technology and social media to connect with your peers can be very helpful in coping with cancer. Here are some ways you can connect with YAP and other young adults online:

    • Join regular Twitter chats (#YAPchat) hosted by our Twitter handle, @DanaFarberYAP
    • Follow the wider #ayacsm (adolescent and young adult cancer social media) community on Twitter
    • Follow YAP on Facebook to stay up-to-date on events and resources
    • Tweet us your songs for our #YAcancerplaylist on Spotify, a collection of songs submitted by young adults that inspire them or give them strength or joy during treatment, and follow the playlist
    • Get involved with our YAP: Focus photography project by tweeting us photos of life as a young adult with cancer using the hashtag #YAPfocus, or upload them to our gallery
    Webinars

    The young adult webinar series addresses topics unique to young adults with cancer. The webinars are held on the first Wednesday of each month. Previous topics have included: body image, retreats, spirituality and integrative therapies. Past webinars are archived and accessible to YAP members on our YAP@DFCI website.

    Workshops

    Educational workshops provide opportunities to expand your knowledge base, connect with peers, and challenge your understanding around such topics as sexuality and sensuality, personal therapeutic outlets (such as music), and the impact of cancer on personal identity.

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    YAP@DFCI Website

    Our website is a private online community for, about, and by young adults at Dana-Farber. Join us to share your thoughts and experiences, learn about ways to cope with the emotional effects of treatment, and connect with other young adult patients. This site is open to all new, current, and recent young adult Dana-Farber patients. Watch an overview of the website's features.

    If you're a Dana-Farber patient and want to request access to the site, please email yap@dfci.harvard.edu.

    Young Adult Cancer Conference

    The Young Adult Cancer Conference is an annual conference for people treated for cancer as a young adult and their caregivers. After an opening session presented by a young adult who has coped with cancer, facilitated workshops provide opportunities to learn about the many issues faced by young adults, as well as opportunities to converse with other young adults and their caregivers. This is a community conference and is open to patients treated at Dana-Farber and at outside institutions. The conference is held in late March/early April each year. View the 2016 keynote address from Katherine Walsh, who was treated for leukemia as a young adult. Email yap@dfci.harvard.edu to learn about the upcoming conference and other events.

  • YAP Website

    Visit our online community for, about, and by young adults at Dana-Farber.

    Caregiver Community

    If you're caring for a young adult with cancer, join our online community for helpful resources and to connect with others going through similar situations.

    Young Adult Cancer Conference

    The Young Adult Program hosts as annual conference for young adult patients and their caregivers to learn strategies for coping with cancer.