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Annual Young Adult Cancer Conference

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

    The Young Adult Program (YAP) at Dana-Farber hosts an annual conference for young adult patients and their caregivers – offering strategies for coping with cancer as a young adult, and providing an opportunity to 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.

  • 2019 conference featured speaker Jeremy Pivor

    2019 Conference Featured speaker: Jeremy Pivor
    Jeremy Pivor balances his studies in medical school, relationships with his family, partner, and friends, as well as treatment for his oligodendroglioma brain tumor. He has been coping with cancer for many years, diagnosed initially at the age of 12, with subsequent recurrences in his early 20’s. While living with his brain tumor, Jeremy has been an EMT; an ocean conservationist in the high seas, Madagascar, and Indonesia; an advocate for brain tumor research advances with the National Brain Tumor Society; and an active and supportive member of the Young Adult Program. His journey with cancer can be summarized into one extensive, yet fulfilling lesson: learning how to cope with, and embrace, uncertainty. Jeremy will share his story of resilience, meaning-making, and living with intention after a cancer diagnosis — and how he continues to explore what it means to be human.

  • 2019 Conference Workshops

    Morning sessions include:

    • Music, Mindfulness, and Healthy Coping
    • Writing Toward Wellness
    • Improving Sleep: The Most Effective Lifestyle Intervention
    • Managing Cancer As a Partner Team
    • Parents of Young Adults and Caregiving

    Afternoon sessions include:

    • Mindfulness and Yoga Session
    • Building Supporting Communication with Your Care Team
    • Parenting during Cancer
    • Coping in the Digital Age
    • Expressive Art Workshop

    Highlights from previous conferences

    Watch the 2018 Keynote Address from Lauren Leonard and 2018 Conference Snap Story video.

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

    Watch the 2016 keynote address from Katherine Walsh.

    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