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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. But over 80,000 adults under 45 are diagnosed with cancer each year. Having cancer as a young adult feels different because it is different.

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

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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. We empower 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, dietitians, wellness experts, research scientists and patient advocates personalize care for young adults with cancer. Our young adult patient advocates have reflected upon their own personal experiences with cancer to further advise our care team's patient-centered perspective.


  • Maximize the overall outcome of the young adult cancer patient population (ages 25 to 45) with multidisciplinary support
  • Identify barriers, unique challenges and perspectives of young adults with cancer
  • Gather information to identify causes and treatments, as well as the long-term impact of cancer care on young adults

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