A cancer diagnosis can be life changing. When cancer is diagnosed in young adulthood (defined as diagnosis and current age within 18-39 years old) life can feel especially challenging and isolating due to the unique experiences and milestones that occur in this stage of life.
JamesCare for Life offers free programs to address the unique emotional, social, and practical needs of young adults with cancer, ages 18-39. Young adult specific programs focus on healthy coping and adjusting to the many transitions that may be experienced by young adults after a cancer diagnosis.
Young adults with cancer also have the opportunity to hear expert speakers in the medical field, attend career workshops, obtain important nutrition information and participate in a wide variety of exercise and mind, body, spirit programs such as yoga, a low impact cardio class, tai chi and aquatic exercise through JamesCare for Life programming.
Young Adult Meet Ups
These programs focus on developing healthy lifestyle practices that aid wellness and coping by building social connection and a community of young adults with cancer. Held at various locations and sporting events in the community. Most programs are open to young adults with cancer (ages 18-39) and one other adult.
Young Adults with Cancer Support Group
Third Wednesday of every month
7 – 8 p.m.
Panera Bread - Clintonville
This drop-in support group provides a safe and supportive environment to connect with other young cancer survivors, between the ages of 18-39 years old, and address the unique experiences in adjusting to life as a young adult cancer survivor. Offered in collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Additional Resources at The James for Young Adults
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. The H.O.P.E program has young adults who are available to provide peer support. 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 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. Examples of services include fertility preservation and reproductive health, sexual health counseling, integrative oncology, and cancer rehabilitation. Talk with your doctor about a referral or call the clinic at 614-366-8700 for more information.
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). Talk with your doctor about a referral or call the clinic at 614-366-8700 for more information.
The Ohio State myHealth app allows you to view test results, schedule appointments, message your care team, find a doctor and access Ohio State healthcare news, maps, turn-by-turn directions and parking information for various medical center locations.
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. Educational videos are also available on topics most relevant to cancer survivors.
Find a Clinical Trial
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. Learn more about clinical trials and the value of participating in a trial as a young adult living with cancer.
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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. Members include young cancer survivors. For questions, more information or to join please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.