OHSU

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.

Some members of our group are years past treatment, while others have just been diagnosed, but what we all have in common is a cancer diagnosis at a young age.

The young adult years are no time to learn that you have cancer. At this time in life, we are establishing our independence, careers and families. Teens and young adults with cancer face different challenges from our peers and even other cancer patients. 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 increasing awareness of the special needs of young adult cancer survivors. The group has recently become part of OHSU and moved to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is still a partner. Group members range from 21-39. We meet to share similar feelings, struggles and successes. Members often become friends because we share a bond that many friends and family cannot fully understand.

Social workers Andrea Lehman, M.S.W., and Sara Goodman, L.C.S.W., facilitate the group, which meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. We are always open for new members on a drop-in basis.

Along with other social workers in the OHSU Adolescent and Young Adult program, the group facilitators strive to help young adults cope with cancer at a very fragile time. Social workers can help with the practical issues of managing work, insurance, financial issues, fertility and treatment. They can also help you deal with emotional issues such as maintaining intimacy, dating with cancer, facing mortality, adjusting to illness, struggling with independence in a dependent situation and the changes in families and roles caused by having cancer. Social workers are here to guide you through having cancer by providing support, understanding and hope.