AYA cancer patients, who may be coping with similar issues, can find it challenging to meet each other on their own. Since this is a time in younger patients’ lives when social support may be needed the most, Moffitt encourages adolescent and young adult cancer patients, family members and friends to participate in the following programs.
Young adults with cancer not only face unique challenges, but also have special strengths. Professionally led groups can help patients cope with these challenges by providing a safe environment that encourages open communication and decreases feelings of being alone. Attend Moffitt’s Meet Up group for young adult cancer patients (ages 20-32).
Meet Up is held the second Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., fifth floor lounge of the hospital, use elevator C. For more information, please call the Social Work Office at 813-745-8407 or MeetUp@Moffitt.org.
This professionally led group is for the friends and family members of young adults with cancer.
Connect Up is held on the second Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. and the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m., fifth floor day room of the hospital, use elevator C. For more information, please call the Social Work Office at 813-745-8407 or MeetUp@Moffitt.org.
Young adult cancer patients (ages 15-39), who are inpatient guests at Moffitt, are invited to attend Art Up. Show your creative side while relaxing and enjoying the company of other young adults with cancer. Family and friends are welcome.
Art Up is held every Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., in the Arts Studio Room on the fourth floor of the hospital, use elevator C. For more information, please call 813-745-3242 or email AYASocials@Moffitt.org.
Families First is a special program to help parents and their children as they adjust to the changes that occur within the family when a parent has cancer. The program provides:
- Guidance on how to convey information about cancer and its treatment to children
- TLC backpacks for children and parents
- Recommended readings
- Specialty programs providing peer support and promoting family fun and togetherness.
To speak to someone about this program, call the Social Work Office at 813-745-8407.
A variety of social events are held to provide opportunities for younger patients to have fun spending time with other cancer patients and survivors their own age. Events are open to family members and friends as well. Be sure to check out the events to see what’s happening.
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