Young Adult Cancer Support Group

Join us at the Young Adult Support Group on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., on the 3rd floor of the OHSU Center for Health & Healing.

Young adults with cancer face different challenges than older cancer patients. It isn’t easy to be establishing independence, careers and families, while simultaneously trying to adjust to being diagnosed with cancer and the demands of treatment. In the Young Adult Support Group, you will meet others who face similar issues and find support, encouragement and resources for whatever the future brings. 

The Young Adult Support Group began in September 2003. It was started by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Cancer Care Resources in response to the increased awareness of the unique needs of young adult cancer survivors. The group is now hosted by OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. Group members range from 21-40 years old. Clinical Psychologist Louise Marasco, Ph.D. and Social Worker Nora Larson, M.S.W. facilitate the group, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 7:30pm. Whether you are years past treatment or have just been diagnosed, we welcome you to join us on a drop-in basis, and the group is free. 

The Young Adult Cancer Support Group strives to help young adults cope with cancer at a very fragile time. In the past, topics of discussion have included:

  • Practical needs such as managing work, insurance, and finances,
  • Emotional issues such as adjusting to illness, dating with cancer, maintaining intimacy, struggling with independence, and facing mortality,
  • Treatment questions such as fertility options and managing side effects, and
  • Family concerns as a result of changes in roles within families.

The Young Adult Cancer Support Group is here for you as a source of support, understanding, compassion, and hope.

Meeting times

Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month (except no formal meetings in December)
Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
LocationOHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor, Paul Kirk Conference Center | 3303 SW Bond Avenue, Portland, OR 97239
Fee: Free
Parking: Free parking is available in the CHH Parking Garage (please bring your ticket with you to the meeting so that it can be validated).
Facilitators: Clinical Psychologist, Louise Marasco, M.D. and Social worker, Nora Larson
Contact: Louise Marasco, M.D. at 503 972-7090 or