Cancer summit for young people creates community of support


Cancer is not easy at any age, but young people navigate unique challenges when faced with a cancer diagnosis. That’s why a special collaboration event is held just for them, as they find their way through a very personal and sometimes frightening experience.

Pushing Past Cancer Summit 2021: Stronger Together is a free, virtual event for cancer patients and survivors of adolescents and young adults (AYA). UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center will help host the interactive forum on Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will cover a range of topics, including:

Post-Cancer Body Image Forging an Identity Post-Cancer Dealing with Toxic Positivity and Survivor Guilt

The summit will also include keynote speaker Sarah Thomas, a marathon swimmer who had breast cancer as a young adult. Musical luncheon guest Harry Hudson, a singer-songwriter who survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma when he was young, will also perform.

The first Pushing Past Cancer Summit, held in 2013, was created by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center thanks to the efforts of a small, dedicated group of patients, survivors and health professionals who recognized the need to build a community of support for AYA patients. and build families with cancer.

In 2020, a partnership was established with Stupid Cancer and the UCLA Health AYA Cancer Program to transition the conference to a virtual platform and bring it to an even wider audience.

“The needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients are often complex and different from those of younger pediatric or older adult cancer patients,” said Anna Rosenbaum, program manager of UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center AYA. “This age group typically faces unique challenges at the time of diagnosis, including self-identity, independence, sexual and reproductive health, relationships and family formation, and increasing school and professional responsibilities.”

Because cancer is relatively rare in adolescents and young adults, AYA patients may encounter few peers. Young people with cancer say it is especially helpful to talk and connect with other young people who have had their own experiences with cancer.

The virtual event is open to everyone, but will be especially useful for:

AYA Cancer Patients and Survivors 15-39 Years Old AYA Cancer Caregivers and Family Members Non-Profit Advocacy for Patients Pediatrics, AYA Oncology Nurses and Social Workers

Pushing Past Cancer Summit 2021 will feature breakout sessions, discussion groups and resources to support the AYA cancer experience at every stage, and an opportunity to meet peers on a similar cancer journey. Secure your spot by registering today!

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care to more than 100,000 adults and children each year and have access to more than 200 active clinical trials at any time. The innovative research program includes more than 240 UC Davis scientists working together to advance the discovery of new tools for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patients have access to advanced care, including immunotherapy and other targeted treatments. The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement addresses the disparities in cancer outcomes across populations, and the cancer center provides comprehensive education and staffing programs for the next generation of clinicians and scientists. For more information, visit

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