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Young Adult Program Offerings

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  • Support Groups

    Young Adult Drop-in Support Group

    This group is open to any young adult (ages 18-early 40s) diagnosed with cancer. Currently, it is being offered via Zoom. The group is held on the first and third Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET. To register, please email yap@dfci.harvard.edu with your name and the dates you wish to attend.

    Virtual Young Adult Peer Program

    This program is open to Dana-Farber young adult patients aged 18 to early 40s. There will be eight 75-minute Zoom sessions over eight weeks. Each session will be focused on topics pertinent to the young adult cancer experience (examples listed below) with additional time to share with your peers. A brief introductory Zoom meeting with the clinician who facilitates the program before the start of the group is required. Topics include:

    • Changes and Disruptions
    • "Scanxiety" and Fears
    • Living with Uncertainty
    • Relationships
    • Communication
    • Making Meaning

    Note that there are two offerings of this group to choose from. Please select the option that is the best fit for you:

    • Option A: This group is for young adults who have been diagnosed with early-stage cancer and are looking to share experiences with others in a similar situation.
    • Option B: This group is for young adults who have been diagnosed with advanced or metastatic cancer and are looking to share experiences with others in a similar situation.

    This program is offered quarterly. To be added to the list for the next group, please complete this form.

    Events

    Our events focus on providing young adult patients with information around issues like dating and relationships, dealing with uncertainty, and managing anxiety; they also provide young adult patients with an opportunity to connect with their peers. Any information about events can be found on these webpages, in our newsletter, and on social media (Facebook and Twitter).


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  • Annual 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 others. This is a community conference and is open to patients treated both at Dana-Farber and at outside institutions. The conference is held every spring. Keep an eye out!

    The 2022 conference was held virtually in April – view the conference brochure. If you missed this year’s conference, fear not! View the video from our keynote speaker, Nneka, and email us if you’d like to receive materials/resources from the workshops.

    Community Builders

    YAP's e-Newsletter: Read and Subscribe

    Read our most recent e-newsletter
    Subscribe by emailing yap@dfci.harvard.edu

    Follow Us on Social Media

    Facebook: @YAPatDFCI
    Twitter: @DanaFarberYAP

    Caregiver Events and Resources

    If you're a parent, partner, sibling, or friend caring for a young adult with cancer, connect with others who share your experience.

    Virtual "Caregivers Connect" Events
    * Mon., Dec. 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET
    * Tues., Jan. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET
    Email YAP@dfci.harvard.edu with your name and the date you'd like to attend!

    Subscribe to our Caregiver e-Newsletter


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  • iaya, Smartphone App for Young Adults@Dana-Farber

    Join iaya, a smartphone app created by the Young Adult Program to help build community around coping skills. Available to any young adult (age 18-early 40s) treated at Dana-Farber. To learn more about what iaya has to offer, check out this video.

    To obtain an invitation to the platform, please complete the interest form. For more information, please email yap@dfci.harvard.edu, or call 617-632-6819.

    Read the iaya terms and conditions.

  • Contact the Young Adult Program

    To schedule an appointment with Adult Psychosocial Oncology or learn more about clinical mental health services:

    617-632-6181

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