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Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs)

As an adolescent or young adult (individuals ages 18-39), a cancer diagnosis can be an added stress on top of many other life stressors such as navigating school, employment, family, intimate relationships, peer groups, body image, sexuality or fertility (to name a few). A diagnosis during this age may lead to feelings of isolation, as cancer tends to be diagnosed in older adulthood. As an AYA, you have unique needs and your team wants to ensure that your care needs are being managed. Our social workers can connect you with AYA specific education and information about cancer, wellness and community programs including peer support.

If you are having difficulty managing the psychological and emotional impact of a cancer diagnosis, ask a member of your medical team for a referral to our psychosocial team made up of a psychiatrist and social worker who can assist you in navigating your concerns and processing your experience.

As an AYA, a cancer diagnosis causes a big disruption to your life. You do not have to manage this on your own. Ask to be referred to our psychosocial team for assistance with practical, community and emotional support.

Social workers can help to address some of the following concerns

  • Finances
  • Taking time off school and work
  • Feelings of anxiety, stress, depression
  • Body Image, Sexuality and Intimacy
  • Relationships/family/peer support
  • Talking to children about cancer
  • Parenting through cancer
  • Returning to work
  • Home supports
  • Caregiver support
  • Advanced care planning
  • Returning to your life after cancer treatment

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