I would like to welcome you to the brand new Young Adults section of Cancer Connections. Here you will find the latest young adult discussions and blogs, as well as news about upcoming events for young adults with cancer. Soon, we'll also have a link to our In Focus section, with podcasts on topics specially designed for young adults, like sexuality, nutrition, complementary therapies and treatment side effects.
To connect with other YACs, follow the below link to have a look around and join our new community.
Cancer Connections is Cancer Council NSW initiative that provides an online service that 'supports people affected by cancer'.
You will notice on the sites homepage a brand new Young Adults section. Here you will find the latest young adult discussions and blogs, as well as news about upcoming events for young adults with cancer. Soon, it will also have a link to the 'In Focus' section, with podcasts on topics specially designed for Young Adults, like sexuality, nutrition, complementary therapies and treatment side effects.
There are many more exciting things to come for this site too, like the ability to share photos, videos, music, art and much more. In fact YOU can help shape this new Young Adult section and make it what ever you want by speaking directly with the site developer, who is available on a daily basis to chat through any of your ideas.
So get onboard the CONNECTION TRAIN, create your very own profile, post a forum topic or add a blog entry, so you can meet other young people going through similar situations as you.
The Cancer Council's (CC) 'online support website' is being rebuilt to address all the needs for Young Adults with Cancer (YACs).
The crew at the CC are super busy putting all this together as we speak as this new website is scheduled for launch this month!!
The great thing about this website is it will be a place were YACs can meet other YACs and find information hubs for the topics around the 9 key areas of concern that were identified in my research study last year along with 3 additional ones that the CC consider also important.
Here are the topics: 1. Sexuality and body image 2. Isolation 3. Independence and autonomy 4. Supportive cancer care 5. Treatment side effects and fertility issues 6. Emotional burden and peer support 7. Relationships, partnering, friendships, having a new value system and who 'sticks around' 8. Survivorship, fear of recurrence and long-term effects of treatment 9. Nutrition and diet 10. Complementary therapies 11. Study and work 12. Financial burden and insurance
HOW YOU CAN HELP...
The CC are now in the process of trying to find some YACs and/or YAC carers (either young adult carers or carers of young adults) who are willing to be interviewed for podcasts to go on the YAC site. The interviews will be about 15 minutes long, and they can just use your first name or even a fake name if that’s what you prefer. They are audio-only. You will be interviewed by health professionals and/or cancer support specialists purposefully selected to engage with YACs in a thoughtful manner whilst at the same time having fun.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If anyone is interested in participating in these interviews, please send me an email ASAP (as the CC hope to have the first interview ready to go up on the site in the next 2 weeks) and I will organise for you to meet the CC crew for a chat.
In Australia, EVERY HOUR a young adult aged between 15 and 44 years is diagnosed with cancer?
That the cancer survival rates of young adults HAVE NOT IMPROVED BY MORE THAN 4% IN THE PAST 20 YEARS - yet children and the elderly survival rates have improved by an average of 30% over the past 30 years?
That YOUNG ADULTS (aged between 18 and 40 years) are the fastest growing cancer demographic among the 10 million new cancer diagnosis's each year world wide?
And that cancer is THE LEADING DISEASE KILLER for the young adult aged 25 to 44 years? in Australia?