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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Resources

  • Phone/online counseling: https://www.cancercare.org/
    The patient or caregiver has a choice to speak individually with professional oncology social workers or to connect with others in support groups. This site provides free counseling offered in English and Spanish.

  • Mentor: https://imermanangels.org/
    Through a unique matching process, Imerman Angels partners individuals seeking cancer support with a “Mentor Angel” for one-on-one relationships to inspire hope and offer the chance to ask personal questions from someone who is uniquely familiar with the experience. English- and Spanish-speaking mentors are available.

  • Young patients’ resources:
    • Livestrong https://www.livestrong.org/
      Adolescents and young adults have very specific concerns and needs when faced with a cancer diagnosis. This is the time when they want to meet others, focus on school, and start a family. Connect for answers on this site.

    • Stupid Cancer https://stupidcancer.org/
      Stupid Cancer offers a lifeline to the adolescent and young adult cancer community by connecting them to age-appropriate resources and peers who understand their journey. Their mission is to empower adolescents and young adults affected by cancer by ending isolation and building community.

    • Elephants and Tea https://elephantsandtea.com/
      Elephants and Tea is a media company for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients and survivors written by AYA cancer patients and survivors. The elephant in the room is cancer, and the tea is the relief that conversation provides.

    • GRYT Health https://grythealth.com/
      Through GRYT, people affected by cancer can connect to others with similar experiences as well as to tailored information that helps users become more aware of options specific to their needs or diagnosis—empowering them to make choices that are right for them.

    • Cancer Dudes https://cancerdudes.org/
      With a scarcity of resources geared specifically to men’s unique needs, Cancer Dudes was created to provide education and resources for men to successfully move past their cancer experience.

    • Lacuna Loft (age 18-45 years) https://lacunaloft.org/
      Lacuna Loft is an organization providing online support programs to young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. This organization offers diverse online programs regardless of diagnosis and regardless of where they live with survivorship support is available, accessible, and specifically designed for young adults facing cancer.

    • Well Beings Studio http://wellbeings.studio/
      Well Beings Studio creates arts-based resources and experiences to support the emotional well- being and open communication of children, youth, and families going through cancer, other traumas, and hardships. They offer virtual workshops, blogs for parents to help them address and discuss the emotional responses of children to the changing environment, and other creative ways focused on “READ, FEEL, CREATE, HEAL together.”

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