Young Adult Cancer

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 5:22pm

When people ask how I am doing or what my cancer experience was like, I struggle to find the words. I struggle because everyone seems to have been touched by this devastating disease. They themselves may have fought cancer, lost a loved one too soon, met someone whose life was changed by the disease, or rallied behind a stranger through social media. We are all incredibly connected and aware of struggles and celebrations in the lives of others.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 1:30pm

Having such a simple question asked a certain way can really humanize you during a time when normalcy seems like the distant past. I was still Mary. I still had the same parents, same car and same clothes. Why should being a little extra sick make a difference?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 1:45pm
Buffalo native, Roy Vongtama, MD, is a board-certified radiation oncologist, a working actor, and an executive producer. His impressive yet unconventional career is the result of an unwillingness to settle. “I refused to believe I could only be one thing,” he said.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 4:14pm
With Young Adult Cancer Awareness week upon us, we wanted to highlight some of our young adult survivors and their inspirational stories. Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never easy, nor are the challenges you may face during and after your treatment. We encourage you to read the advice of these young patients and share your own story of hope.
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:07pm
To kick off National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (NYACAW) I’m headed to Roswell Park’s Annual Young Adult Wellness Retreat this Saturday to speak with patients and survivors about important topics that impact their lives.
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
During my cancer journey, I relied heavily on peer support. I needed to vent my feelings to someone who knew exactly what I was going through. I needed advice from young patients who walked this path before and understood the obstacles and emotional strain I dealt with on a daily basis.
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 1:40pm

Adult women, starting at age 20, are encouraged to perform a breast self-exam at least once a month. The key to a successful self-exam is consistency.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018 - 8:00am
Cancer patients and survivors struggle with a lot of tough questions. Will I be cured? Will I relapse? When will my body be back to normal? These are just some of the questions I think about on a daily basis, but they have an even stronger presence at the start of a new year.
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 2:31pm

I am 28 years old and I have a plastic surgeon, but it’s not the circumstance that one would want or hope for. After having a double mastectomy, my plastic surgeon and his medical team reconstructed a brand new chest for me.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:46am
There is a lack of expectation that young adults get cancer, yet it is the number one cause of disease-related death in this age group.