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Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center Events and Resources for Patients

  • As a young-onset colorectal cancer patient, we encourage you to learn more and to engage with our community. These events and resources are meant to increase public awareness and education around the rising burden of colorectal cancer in young adults. See what we’re up to below.


  • Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Patient and Family Forum

    Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Patient and Family Forum
    On Saturday, March 7, 2020, the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center hosted its first Patient and Family Forum. Attendees heard from colorectal cancer experts, including a seminar on tumor genomic testing, and an expert panel discussion. Patients and their supporters chose from a variety of specialized breakout sessions on topics facing young-onset colorectal cancer patients, including surgery, ostomies, and palliative care.

    A highlight of the day was keynote speaker and creator of the comic Cancer Owl, Matt Mewhorter, as he spoke about why he started the comic, and how it has helped others cope with their cancer experiences.

    Guests enjoyed a full day of learning, self-reflection, and connecting with others who are going through a similar experience.


  • Too Young for This Sh*t Webcast - Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program®
    The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program® hosted a live webcast about the rise of early-onset colorectal cancer. Watch the video to hear from Dr. Kimmie Ng, our Center’s Director, and Pat Beauregard, a Dana-Farber colon cancer patient.

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  • Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Patient and Family Forum 2021

    Join the Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center during the month of March for our second annual conference. This is a series of free educational events for individuals with young-onset colorectal cancer (diagnosed under 50 years old) and their supporters. Attendees will hear from experts, attend breakout sessions, and meet others within the community. See a listing of events and registration information.

  • Gut Instincts: A Series on Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer

    Dana-Farber’s Young-Onset Center is launching a new series of educational workshops, Gut Instincts: A Series on Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer. The first event takes place on Thursday, March 4 from 6 - 7:00 PM and will focus on Best Practices for Screening Young People. This webinar is for healthcare professionals, patients, and supporters. Register here.


  • Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Forum
    Watch a video of our first patient and family forum, held on March 7, 2020.
    Viewing guide:
    00:00 Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH: Welcome from the Center Director
    21:30 Marios Giannakis, MD, PhD: Tumor Molecular Profiling and How to Interpret Results
    01:03:10 Research and Care Q&A with Expert Panel
    01:49:25: Patient Keynote with Cancer Owl Matt Mewhorter, LPC