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Support Network for Teens/Young Adults with CancerWe want to make sure you have the informational, emotional, and social support you need throughout your cancer journey.


UCLA Programs

Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology
Young Adult Cancer Support Group (ages 20s-30s)
Provides support for patients in treatment or early follow-up who would like to meet others young adults who understand what they are going through and share their story.
Website: www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu
Contact: Thomas J. Pier, MSW
Phone: 310-206-0578

UCLA Healthy Lives After Cancer Program at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Provides TYAs cancer survivors with information and resources to live healthy after cancer through informational health seminars and peer activities.
Website: www.cancer.ucla.edu/HealthyLivesAfterCancer
Contact: Michelle Doose-Peña, MPH
Phone: 310-794-2475

UCLA LIVESTRONG™ Survivorship Center of Excellence Oncofertility Resource Program
Provides patient education and resources of available fertility preservation options.
Contact: Amy Jacobson, RN, NP-BC
Phone: 310-794-7525

UCLA Reproductive Endocrinology
A closely coordinated team of highly dedicated reproductive endocrinologists provides individualize treatment options to maximally preserve your future fertility.
Contact: 310-794-7274
Website: http://obgyn.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=391

Cancer Information 

National Cancer Institute: Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer
Provides information and resources specific to TYA cancers, including a dictionary, list of clinical trials, and cancer literature.
Website: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/aya
Phone: 1.800.4.CANCER (422-6897) (English and Spanish)

LIVESTRONG Patient Navigation Services
Provides free support and navigation services to address financial, insurance, emotional, physical, fertility preservation, and everyday concerns.
Website: www.livestrong.org (English) | www.livestrong.org/Espanol (Spanish)
Phone: 866.235.7205 (English) | 866.927.7205 (Spanish)


Teen and Young Adult Advocacy Organization

Teen Cancer America
A US charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Website: www.teencanceramerica.org

Teenage Cancer Trust
A UK charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
Website: www.teenagecancertrust.org

Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance
A coalition of organizations, including universities and academic medical centers, cancer centers, community hospitals, professional societies, and nonprofit/advocacy groups dedicated to increasing the survival rate and improve the quality of life for TYAs with cancer.
Website: www.criticalmassevents.org

International Charter of Rights for Young People with Cancer
Provides a Patient Bill of Rights for young people with cancer.
Website: www.cancercharter.org/signatories/new

Health Insurance/Work Rights

Provides free information and resources on new programs, benefits and rights under current health laws as well as a tool to explore personal insurance options.
Website: www.healthcare.gov

Cancer Legal Resource Center
Provides free information and resources on cancer-related legal issues and health insurance options.
Website: www.CancerLegalResourceCenter.org  
Phone: 866.843.2572   

Cancer and Careers
Provides information and resources for patients who work during and after cancer treatment through its website, publications, support groups, educational seminars, and workbook.
Website: www.cancerandcareers.org

Oncofertility Resources

Fertile Action
Provides financial assistance to women who have the desire but not the financial means to pursue fertility preservation.
Website: www.fertileaction.org
Phone: 877.276.5951

Fertile Hope
Provides reproductive information, financial support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
Website: www.fertilehope.org
Phone: 866.673.7295

The Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University
Exploring and expanding options for the reproductive future of cancer survivors. Website includes information on fertility options as well as patient navigator for fertility preservation.
Website: www.oncofertility.northwestern.edu
Phone: 866-708-FERT (3378)

Support Network

Cancer Support Community - Benjamin Center
Provides weekly support group for young adults in or out of treatment (Tuesdays from 7-9pm in West LA) as well as wellness and educational classes.
Website: www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org
Phone: 310.314.2555

First Descents
Offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors 18+ a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.
Website: www.firstdescents.org
Phone: 303.474.3005

Imerman Angels
Matches and individually pairs a person touched by cancer (a cancer fighter or survivor) with someone who has fought and survived the same type of cancer (a Mentor Angel) for 1-on-1 connections by phone or email.
Website: www.imermanangels.org
Phone: 877.274.5529

Video sharing website to share experiences of cancer creatively. Using all aspects of media it enables young people to explore and express their feelings, and make some sense of their very personal journeys from diagnosis onwards.
Website: www.JimmyTeens.tv

Stupid Cancer
Empowers young adults affected by cancer through innovative and award-winning programs and services such as an online forum, weekly radio show, happy hours, and conferences. 
Website: www.stupidcancer.org    
Radio show: Live Mondays at 4pm PST at www.blogtalkradio.com/stupidcancershow
Phone: 877.735.4673

Teens Living with Cancer
Dedicated to helping teens live with cancer with medically accurate, innovative, and totally teen-oriented resources.
Website: www.teenslivingwithcancer.org

The SAMFund for Young Adult Survivors of Cancer
Helps young adult cancer survivors with a successful transition into their post-treatment life by providing financial support through grants and scholarships. Webinars on insurance and financial health are available on their website.
Website: www.thesamfund.org
Phone: 617.780.9606

Thrive/Survive Los Angeles
Provides an online portal to various medical and lifestyle resources for young adults post treatment. Support group for young adults post-treatment are held the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8-9:30pm in Santa Monica.
Website: www.thrivesurvive.org

weSpark Cancer Support Center
Provides a monthly networking group for young adults (3rd Thursday of the month from 7-9pm in Sherman Oaks) as well as other wellness and educational classes.
Website: www.wespark.org
Phone: 818.906.3022

Disclaimer: Resources listed on this page are not explicitly or implicitly endorsed, recommended or approved by our program. We do not adopt or endorse anything you may obtain as a result of using the resource or contacting the organization.