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Young Adult Program Support Group

Are you a young adult who has been diagnosed with cancer?

Our Young Adult Program (YAP) provides emotional and practical support to anyone aged 18-39 who has had a cancer diagnosis .  

A cancer diagnosis for a young person can present a unique set of challenges such as:
-Disconnection from peers and social life
-Loss of independence
-Impact of treatment on fertility
-Interrupted family planning
-Interrupted education
-Interrupted career
-Impact on romantic relationships
-Financial concerns

YAP aims to help those facing these challenges by providing a safe place where one can find peer and professional supports to help them as they go through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

The YAP support group is facilitated by an oncology social worker. Groups are held on the third Wednesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 pm, at the Saskatchewan Cancer Agency’s University Heights Square location – 130-1804 McOrmond Drive (at the end of Attridge Drive).

No registration is needed. For more information please contact Nicole at 306-655-2305.

Ava's Story

Ava (not her real name) is 30 years old. She is one of the original members of the YAP support group and still attends.

The Saskatoon YAP has been a lifeline for me as I've been navigating life with cancer over the past three years. Even though I have an incredible support system of amazing family and friends, there are some things I don't really talk about with them...and some things they simply can't completely understand without having gone through this themselves.

YAP has connected me with other young survivors in my community and given us a comfortable space to openly express ourselves and have facilitated conversations about the reality of our experiences, thoughts and feelings. Even though our journeys as young cancer fighters/survivors have all been different, there's a strong bond that can be formed. I have become friends with many of the other YAP participants outside of the program- these are often the people I reach out to before or after cancer-related appointments or stressors in my life. They get it.

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