COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute is offering a new support group for young adults with cancer.
The Young Survivors Support Group, which will meet at 6 p.m. March 14, is open to young cancer survivors, ages 19 to 35, who are newly diagnosed, in treatment or have completed treatment. Participants can share experiences with others facing similar situations, said Sarah Brown, who is one of the co-facilitators of the group.
“Often, young adults with cancer deal with distinctly different issues than those facing children or older people,” said Brown, who is a professional counselor and program specialist for JamesCare for Life at the James Cancer Hospital. “Most young adults are still in the process of beginning careers, getting married and starting families; and a cancer diagnosis can pose great challenges in accomplishing these goals.”
Young cancer survivors often grapple with issues of independence, health insurance, life insurance and other financial concerns, said co-facilitator Jennifer Zimmerman, who is a social worker in the College of Social Work at Ohio State. They may worry about how cancer will affect their relationships and intimacy, and whether they will be fertile and able to have children, Zimmerman said. Other concerns may include their ability to finish their education, hold a job or have fulfilling careers, she said.
“Feelings of isolation and alienation are common among cancer survivors in their 20s and 30s, because often they don’t have anyone else in the same situation they can talk to about their feelings,” Brown said. “We hope this group will provide a supportive outlet for their concerns, and help them access resources and services available to help them.”
Support group sessions will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Panera Bread Community Room, Olentangy Plaza, 875 Bethel Road, Columbus. The support group met for the first time in February.
For more information or to register, call JamesCare for Life at (614) 293-6428.
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute is one of the nation’s leading centers for research on the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The OSUCCC – James encompasses six interdisciplinary research programs and includes more than 200 investigators who generate over $100 million annually in external funding. It is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and OSU’s James Cancer Hospital is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best cancer hospitals.# # #
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