Cancer180, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, provides a social environment where young adult patients, survivors, caregivers, family and friends in their 20s and 30s can find resources and information specific to their needs and to help them connect with other young adults affected by cancer. Support is offered through social outings, educational activities, and online.
For young adults diagnosed with cancer, it can seem like the loneliest time of life. Young adult cancer survivors are an underserved population who have needs unique to their age group that are broader in scope, longer lasting and more anxiety-laden than those of older survivors, due to the time of life at which they are confronted. Cancer180, a myCancerConnection program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is a multi-pronged approach-which includes social networking opportunities, educational activities and a web site - to help young survivors move into adult hood and beyond with the skills and support they need. This website is aimed at increasing survivors' knowledge and self-efficacy.