If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with colon cancer as a young adult, you know this diagnosis brings a set of challenges many patients over 50 may not experience. Whether you’re a young patient, caregiver or medical professional, we want you to be aware of potential issues you may face and have the resources to help you through it.
Children – How do you tell your kids and what impact will it have on them?
- The American Cancer Society: Helping Children When A Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Diagnosis
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: For parents: Talking to your children about cancer
- CancerCare: Helping Children Understand Cancer: Talking to Your Kids About Your Diagnosis
- National Cancer Institute: When Your Parent Has Cancer: A Guide For Teens
- KidsKonnected: Cancer support and education for children ages 5-18
- The Dougy Center: Children’s online grief support community
Dating Issues – To tell or not to tell? When? How much do you tell?
- LIVESTRONG Foundation: Dating and New Relationships
- LIVESTRONG Foundation: Telling Others You A re a Survivor
Infertility Issues – What are the fertility risks associated with colon cancer treatment?
- Fertile Hope: A national LIVESTRONG initiative dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.
- The Oncofertility Consortium: Providing fertility preservation options and a patient education resource.
Intimacy Issues – Issues with body image, libido or difficulty having intercourse
- National Cancer Institute: Body Changes and Intimacy
- The National Comprehensive Cancer Network: Intimacy and Sexual Issues for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment
Career or Workplace Issues – Insurance issues? What are your rights?
- Cancer and Careers: Job Hunting After Cancer Treatment
- Cancer and Careers: Legal & Financial Issues
- American Cancer Society: Working During Cancer Treatment
Communication & Psychological Issues – Depression, anxiety & communicating with loved ones
- Hope Navigators – Cancer and the Family
- American Cancer Society – Anxiety, Fear and Depression
- CCA Buddy Program: One-on-one cancer support for the patient or caregiver
Financial Issues – Disability insurance, medical costs, single vs. duel income & more
- Needy Meds: Financial assistance for an array of medical needs
- The SAMFund: Supports young adult cancer survivors in the US as they recover from the financial impact of cancer treatment
- Check out these other financial assistance programs
Camps, Retreats & Wishes
- First Descendants: Offers free outdoor adventures for young cancer patients and survivors.
- Camp Mak-A-Dream: A cost-free cancer camp for young adults, children and siblings/children of cancer survivors
- Athletes For Cancer: Life rejuvenation and adventure retreats for teens and young adults
- True North Treks: Leads young adults with cancer on week-long treks in remote, wilderness destinations across the US
- 3 Little Birds 4 Life: Enhancing the lives of young adult cancer patients (ages 18-40) by granting wishes and putting smiles on faces
Movies, Blogs & Radio Shows
- Wrong Way to Hope: Inspiring movie about young adults and cancer by Mike Lang
- Generation Why: Huffington Post spotlight on young adult cancer patients and survivors featuring blogs, news, community conversations. Your own writings can also be published here! Learn more.
- The Stupid Cancer Show: A multi-award-winning international talk radio webcast about young adult cancer.
Just For the Caregiver
- University of California at San Diego: 25 Tips For Caregivers
- Stupid Cancer Caregiver Forums: Online platform for caregivers to connect
- Rob Cares: A caregiving website and radio show designed for young adult cancer caregivers
- First Descendants: FDrock – An adventure experience for the “rocks” in patient’s lives
- Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center – Caregiver retreats and workshops
- We’re In This Together: A Caregiver’s Story by Rob Harris
- Things I’d Wish I’d Known: Cancer Caregivers Speak Out by Deborah Cornwall