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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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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.