A cancer diagnosis can be life changing. When cancer is diagnosed in young adulthood (defined as ages 18-39) life can feel especially challenging and isolating due to the unique experiences that occur in this stage of life. Some of the challenges young adults may face are:

  • Premature confrontation with mortality
  • Disruption of school and/or work
  • Changes in physical appearance
  • Changes in life goals
  • Loss of fertility
  • Increased dependence on others
  • Disruption in family, friends and dating relationships

JamesCare for Life aims to support the psychosocial and practical needs of young adults with cancer, ages 18-39, by offering programs that focus on healthy coping and adjusting to the many transitions that may be experienced after a cancer diagnosis. Programs provide an opportunity for:

  • Social connection
  • Engaging in healthy lifestyle activities
  • Building healthy coping tools
  • Educational events

For more information, email jamescareforlife@osumc.edu or call JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428.

Programs for Young Adults with Cancer

Young Cancer Survivor Support Group

Third Wednesday of every month
7 – 8 p.m.
Panera Bread - Clintonville

This informal support group provides the opportunity to connect and address the unique experiences in adjusting to life as a young adult cancer survivor. Offered in collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Young Adult Meet Ups

Programs focus on developing healthy lifestyle practices that aid wellness and coping by building social connection and a community of young survivors. Held at various locations and sporting events in the community, most programs are open to survivors and one other adult.

JamesCare for Life

In addition to programs specific to young adult cancer survivors, JamesCare for Life offers a wide range of free comprehensive cancer support programs, classes and educational resources to help manage the challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. Programs are designed to empower survivors and caregivers by providing education, support and coping tools that aid health and well-being.

Sample of programs beneficial for Young Cancer Survivors:

Career Counseling Workshops

Entering or re-entering the workforce after cancer treatment can be a challenge for young survivors. JCFL offers Career Counseling Educational Workshops tailored to the specific needs of cancer survivors.

Family, Teens, and Children Programs

Changing roles, communicating cancer with children and family and managing competing demands are just a few challenges that make parenting especially difficult when a parent has cancer. JamesCare for Life offers Family, Teens and Children programs that provide a supportive setting where families can learn about cancer, talk about the challenges of a cancer diagnosis, learn effective coping skills and gain knowledge about healthy lifestyle choices.

Additional Resources at The James

H.O.P.E. (Helping Others through Peer Experiences)

The H.O.P.E. Program connects patients and caregivers to someone who has had a similar experience with cancer at The James. For more information, call 614-293-8771 or email HOPE@osumc.edu.

The James Supportive Care Clinic

Cancer survivors often face lifelong physical and emotional challenges. The goal of the Supportive Care Clinic is to help patients manage these issues and improve quality of life, longevity and general well-being. Services can be accessed from the time of diagnosis. Talk with your doctor about a referral or call the clinic at 614-366-8700 for more information.

Available services include:

  • Supportive Care: Survivorship experts are available to review your health history and cancer treatments, help manage late and long-term effects of cancer, create a personalized plan for healthy living, and help coordinating health care.
  • Integrative Oncology: Consultation, massage and acupuncture.
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Fertility Preservation and Reproductive Health
  • Sexual Health Counseling
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Spiritual Counseling

Psychosocial Oncology
Counseling in a supportive setting can help you to explore the effect cancer is having on your life and to learn healthy ways to manage these challenges. Our team of licensed professionals consists of psychologists, clinical social workers and expressive therapists (art and music).

MyHealth App

The Ohio State myHealth app combines MyChart functions such as viewing test results, scheduling appointments and messaging your care team, with new features that include find a doctor, Ohio State healthcare news, maps, turn-by-turn directions, and parking information for various medical center locations.

Patient Education

Access easy-to-understand health information to help you actively participate in your care and to achieve a higher level of understanding and sense of control. Educational videos are also available on topics most relevant to cancer survivors.

Talking With Your Healthcare Team

It is important to be an active participant in your cancer care and treatment. Learn some helpful tips when talking with your OSUCCC – James care team.

Find a Clinical Trial

A clinical trial is a research study that is done to answer an important question and add to medical knowledge. The OSUCCC – James has more than 500 open clinical trials at any given time, with some of the world’s latest discoveries available to clinical trial patients. Learn more about the value of participating in clinical trials as a young adult cancer survivor.

Social Media

Stay in touch with The James and help spread our message of creating a cancer-free world by getting involved. Post your questions, comments, photos, links and videos on our social networks and share our updates with your online connections.

NextGen James Ambassadors

Next Gen James Ambassadors are the young professionals delegation (ages 21-39) of the James Ambassadors Society who are committed to advancing the mission of the James by promoting interest and support among young professionals. Members include young cancer survivors. For questions, more information or to join please contact jamesambassadors@osumc.edu.

Internet Resources

These professional organizations are a great way to learn more about cancer and resources available to young adult cancer survivors. Each source is trusted and contains up-to-date information.

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