Over 70,000 Americans ages 15-39 will be diagnosed with cancer this year. In contrast to those younger and older, survival rates for young adults have not increased since 1975, possibly due to factors such as lack of insurance, less participation in clinical trials and delayed diagnoses. This month’s cancer education class discusses how young survivors are often are caught between the worlds of pediatric and adult oncology and offers helpful tips on how to deal with the day-to-day concerns of being a young adult cancer survivor.
Devon McGoldrick, MPH: Director of the Community Programs and Engagement team at the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Her expertise includes adolescent/young adult oncology, the development, implementation and oversight of innovative projects and partnerships.
Joni Watson, MBA, MSN, RN, OCN: A master’s-prepared certified oncology nurse. She is currently the clinical nurse manager of a multidisciplinary cancer care team at Shivers Cancer Center, part of the Seton Healthcare Family in Central Texas.
For more information or resources specific to the young adult cancer experience, please visit www.livestrong.org/wecanhelp or call the LIVESTRONG Cancer Navigation Center at 1-855-220-7777.