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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.

    Stay up-to-date on YAP programs, events, and highlights with our monthly e-newsletter: 

    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.