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Young Adult Program (YAP)

  • Paige Malinowski meets with patient Lauren Leonard
  • Young adults with cancer face very different challenges than patients who were diagnosed earlier in childhood or later in adulthood.

    The Young Adult Program at Dana-Farber (YAP@DFCI) is part of our Adult Psychosocial Oncology Program; it is also part of an international initiative to recognize and address the unique circumstances related to lifestyle, work, school, family life, and emotional development that young adults face when living with cancer.

    YAP@DFCI provides emotional support services, opportunities to meet other young adults receiving treatment, and educational programs aimed at enhancing knowledge and self-advocacy skills.

    Read our Insight blog for information and inspiration about the Young Adult Program at Dana-Farber.


  • It's hard to know what to say to help support a friend who has been diagnosed with cancer or is dealing with other difficult news. Members of the Young Adult Program (YAP) provided insight on what was helpful to them. (This video was created by JV Films and supported by the BU Activist Lab and the Young Adult Program.)

  • Life Shift: The emotional side of cancer for a young adult
    Young adult patients Paul and Christina share their unique knowledge on the need for and ways to get emotional support.


  • Christina Dixon, who was 22 when diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma, looks back on her experience coming to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a young adult.

  • Contact the Young Adult Program

    To schedule an appointment with Adult Psychosocial Oncology

    617-632-3301

    To get information about YAP programs, events, or volunteer opportunities

  • Get YAP's New Smartphone App, iaya

    Are you a young adult living with cancer? Join iaya, a new smartphone app created by the Young Adult Program, to help build community around coping skills. Available to any young adult (age 18-39) treated at Dana-Farber in adult medical oncology. For more information and to obtain an access code, please email yap@dfci.harvard.edu or call 617-632-6819.

  • Save-the-date for the 2020 Young Adult Cancer conference

    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.

  • Join These YAP Websites for Patients and Caregivers

    Are you a new member? Email YAP@dfci.harvard.edu for website log-ins.

  • 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.