For Young Adults


Watch the "Moving Forward" video series for young adults from ASCO and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, adapted from this content.

Each year, more than 70,000 young adults in their 20s and 30s are diagnosed with cancer. This section provides information on the following:

Being a Young Adult With Cancer

 Find practical information about cancer, such as what cancers are most common in young adults, what to do after a diagnosis, how to talk with the doctors and nurses, and how to find help and support.

Treatment Information

Find information about cancer treatment, clinical trials, and questions to ask the doctor about treatment.

Cancer and Your Body

Learn how cancer can affect your body, body image, fertility, and reproductive health.

Life After Treatment

Learn more about being a cancer survivor, including managing your health, coping after cancer, and returning to school or work after cancer.

Expert Q&A: Young Adults With Cancer

Cancer is the leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults age 15 to 39. An estimated 70,000 people in this age group are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year. And, while much progress has been made in the fields of cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, survival rates in 17 of the 23 types of cancers in older adolescents and young adults have not improved since 1990 and, in most of these, since 1975.

To improve cancer care for people in this often-overlooked age group, LIVESTRONG and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) have partnered to launch Focus Under Forty. It is an education curriculum for doctors, designed to build awareness and provide training to address the challenges in treating older adolescent and young adult patients with cancer.

Here, Cancer.Net talks with Archie Bleyer, MD, to learn more about the need for an initiative like this.

Resources for Young Adults

This section includes various resources for young adults with cancer, including websites, camps and retreats, and educational scholarships.