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Young Adults with Cancer


When most people think of cancer, they may think of a disease affecting young children or the elderly, even though over 80,000 adults under 40 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Having cancer as a young adult feels different because it is different. 

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Young Adults with Cancer Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center


The mission of the Young Adult Initiative at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is to support young adults through their cancer journey, and to empower these patients and survivors to address all of their needs. From fertility struggles, to loneliness, to parenting, financial stress and beyond, our comprehensive team of physicians, nurses, social workers, spiritual leaders, dieticians, wellness experts, research scientists, and patient advocates have established an initiative that is focused on personalizing care for young adults with cancer. Our young adult patient advocates have reflected upon their own personal experiences with cancer to further advise the team to form a patient centered perspective.

If you are a young adult at any part of the cancer journey, we want to provide resources that are tailored just for you. We want to address the unique challenges and concerns you may have. We know that every person’s experience with cancer is different and we recognize you have choices and decisions to make.  We are here to help you navigate what is right for you. We want you to feel well informed and well supported.


  • Maximize the overall outcome of the young adult cancer patient population (20-45 y/o) with multidisciplinary support
  • Identify barriers, unique challenges, and perspectives of young adults with cancer
  • Collection of information to identify the causes, treatment, and long-term impact of cancer care on young adults

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Support during and after treatment
  • Provide resources tailored for each individual

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