Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Patient Stories

Stephanie Anderson

Stephanie and family
Stephanie was just 23 when she was diagnosed with nodular sclerosis Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She shares her story to encourage others to pay attention to changes in their bodies that don’t go away. Stephanie, her husband, and their daughter are living life to the fullest in Gresham, OR. Read Stephanie's story

Michelle Barnes

Michelle Barnes and baby
Michelle Barnes was a bit more than 20 weeks pregnant when she noticed blood in her stool. At just 29 years old, colon cancer was the last thing on her mind... Read Michelle's story

Brianna Barrett

Brianna Barrett
I was 24 when I learned I was going to have to drop everything and start making a documentary about what it was like to have cancer. It wasn’t exactly the subject matter I’d always dreamed of tackling – but there it was. Read Brianna's story

Caron Blau Rothstein

Caron Blau Rothstein
Caron Blau Rothstein had just moved to Portland when she found out she had colon cancer. She was only 35. Thanks to treatment with Knight Cancer Institute’s partner Community Oncology and help from the Adolescent and Young Adult program, she recovered her health and found a supportive community. Read Caron’s story 

Katie Wilkes

Katie Wilkes
At age 23, Wilkes was diagnosed with melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer. She never imagined that her regular trips to the tanning salon as a teenager could lead to a potentially deadly disease in her 20s. Read Katie's story