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The following websites address basic cancer information as well as topics that may be of particular interest to young adults living with cancer such as work and career, sexuality, fertility, dating and relationships, and financial concerns.
Tigerlily Foundation provides education, awareness, advocacy and hands-on support to young women (15-45) – before, during and after breast cancer. They seek to educate and empower women of all backgrounds, including those at heightened risk, those facing health disparities, and those with less access to care.
A non-profit organization dedicated to the critical issues unique to young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer. YSC offers resources, connections and outreach so women feel supported, empowered and hopeful.
The websites listed below do not offer health information. They do however, offer you ways to connect with other young adult cancer survivors who have experienced the unique challenges of living with cancer as a young adult.
First Descents provides outdoor experiential programming for young adults impacted by cancer. Participants experience free outdoor adventure programs that empower them to climb, paddle, and surf beyond their diagnosis, reclaim their lives, and connect with others doing the same.
Cactus Cancer Society encourages, empowers, and connects young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers around the world. They provide online wellness support programs and resources, lifestyle encouragement and a peer support community.
This support group provides a place where young adults, ages 18-40, can share their cancer experience, support one another, exchange information and create meaningful moments.
Schedule: 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
This program is offered free-of-charge and is facilitated by professional staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, support groups are currently meeting online via Zoom. For more information including how to register, see the Cancer Center calendar or email Rosario Campuzano-Cortez at email@example.com.
Supportive Care Programs at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center
The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center has one of the largest Genetic Counseling departments in California. We offer hereditary cancer risk counseling to help patients and families with a history of cancer better understand and manage the risk of developing cancer through genetic risk assessment and genetic testing.Our Genetic Counselors translate complex genetic information into understandable recommendations for patients, physicians, and families.
The Oncology Dietitian Nutritionists at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provide evidence-based recommendations that are proven by scientific research and clinical experience. Education and support are provided to help prevent treatment delays and decrease side effects from treatment. Once treatment for cancer is complete, our nutrition experts can recommend personalized food choices that will support treatment outcomes, enhance the quality of life, and decrease the risk of disease recurrence. Monthly seminars provide an opportunity to discuss the most recent research related to cancer, foods and your lifestyle. Services are offered free-of-charge to individuals currently in treatment or within one year of their last treatment.
The Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides Patient Navigation services in order to assist patients on the journey to live with, through, and beyond cancer. Navigators serve as a liaison between individual patients and the various healthcare providers required for proper diagnosis, treatment, and disease management.
Navigators offer coordination of care throughout a cancer patient's experience, by:
Explaining medical procedures and providing cancer information
Ensuring medical appointments are scheduled and kept
Coordinating and streamlining insurance information
Identifying local resources and appropriate support
Enhancing communication between care providers
Navigation is available per physician referral and is offered free-of-charge. For more information, contact the Patient Navigation department at (805) 879-0660 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s Resource Library, we aim to empower anyone touched by cancer with the knowledge they need to become well-informed partners in their healthcare. The Resource Library offers a comfortable place where patients and families can find current, comprehensive information about all aspects of cancer. Services include research assistance, a lending library and online information guides. The Resource Library is open to all and services are offered at no charge.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Resource Library is currently closed to visitors. Library materials and services are still available via mail, phone and email. For more information, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or contact the Resource Library at (805) 879-5648 or email@example.com.
Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. How and if these challenges are addressed is an important aspect of a patient’s care plan. The Ridley-Tree Cancer Centeremploys clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.
Services are available at no cost and are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care.
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A wide range of wellness activities, classes and programs are available to our patients and their caregivers. Programs include yoga, exercise programs, painting, flower arranging, meditation and more. Upcoming dates can be found on the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center online calendar.
Programs offered free-of-charge. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Wellness classes are currently being offered online via Zoom. For more information including who qualifies for Ridley-Tree Cancer Center Wellness Programs & Classes and class descriptions, visit the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center website or call (805) 879-5678.
Books at the Resource Library
These are just a few highlights from the Resource Library collection. Please click here to search our online catalog. For more information about the Resource Library and how to borrow materials, visit our website.
It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort
Publication Date: 2016
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
Publication Date: 2016
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs
Publication Date: 2017
Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips by Kris Carr
Publication Date: 2007
Just a Lump in the Road ... Reflections of Young Breast Cancer Survivors by Gina Castronovo; Debbie Leifert; Jackie Ehrlich; Cindy Goldberg; Donna Palmisciano; Tamara Brennan
Publication Date: 2007
Anne Katz, PhD, RN, FAAN, Sexuality Counselor and Clinical Nurse Specialist speaks to young adults about sexuality after a cancer diagnosis. Anne Katz speaks about sexual identity, potential physical and emotional changes after diagnosis, disclosing your diagnosis, and dating and sex in the time of COVID-19. Content in this presentation contains sexual references that could be perceived as offensive or inappropriate for some viewers.
Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.
Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.