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Teen and Young Adult Resources

Several organizations have programs and resources for teens and young adults who are facing cancer. There are groups to help you navigate the emotional, social, financial, educational, and legal aspects of the cancer experience. There are also groups to help you connect with other cancer patients and survivors and others that may offer you a creative outlet to express your feelings and experiences.


CancerCare provides free support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical, and financial challenges of cancer. Services include case management, counseling, support groups, workshops, publications, and financial assistance. 

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Cancer and Careers

Cancer and Careers offers support, tools, and information on practical and legal issues for cancer survivors and health care professionals.

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Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC)

Cancer Legal Resource Center (CLRC) provides free information and resources about cancer-related legal issues.

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Dear Jack Foundation

The Dear Jack Foundation provides one-on-one patient outreach and peer-to-peer group wellness programs for adolescents and young adult cancer patients and their families from treatment to survivorship. 

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Elephants and Tea

Elephants and Tea is a media company for adolescent and young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. The Elephant in the room is cancer. Tea is the relief conversation provides.

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Epic Experience

Epic Experience provides free week-long adventures in the Colorado Rockies for young adult cancer survivors.

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First Descents

First Descents offers free outdoor experience programs for young adults impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

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GRYT Health

GRYT is a health care company created by cancer survivors for patients and caregivers facing a cancer diagnosis.  Its goal is to provide programs and resources that strengthen the role of the patient voice in health care decision-making.

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Imerman Angels

Imerman Angels partners cancer patients seeking support with a Mentor Angel, a cancer survivor or caregiver who has faced the same type of cancer. The service is free and is open to anyone touched by cancer. 

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Lacuna Loft

Lacuna Loft is a nonprofit organization providing free, online support programs to young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. 

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Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer is a progressive, social enterprise that helps ensure adolescents and young adults have community and support resources they need. Stupid Cancer links music, cancer advocacy, consumer health marketing, and technology to help AYA cancer patients and survivors.

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Teen Cancer America (TCA)

Teen Cancer America (TCA) partners with hospitals to develop specialized facilities and services for teens and young adults with cancer.  TCA develops standards for age-targeted care, improves collaboration between pediatric and adult specialists and enables dedicated research to improve outcomes and survival for young people.

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Triage Cancer

Triage Cancer is a nonprofit organization that provides free events, materials and resources about the practical and legal issues that may impact cancer patients, survivor, and their caregivers.

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The Ulman Foundation

The Ulman Foundation seeks to support, educate, and connect young adult cancer survivors. It works to raise awareness and ensure cancer patients and families have a voice and the resources they need. 

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Reviewed: October 2020