Young adults dealing with the effects of cancer are invited to attend Pushing Past Cancer, a free day of education and motivation, on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UC Davis Sacramento campus. The event is open to cancer patients ages 18-40, their support persons and medical professionals.
Pushing Past Cancer includes expert-led discussions on subjects including sexuality, fertility and adoption options. Peer-to-peer social media platforms will be explored, and young cancer survivors will lead an insightful panel discussion. Attendees will hear how to access resources for physical and emotional wellness, and have opportunities to speak with others dealing with similar cancers.
The event includes a light breakfast, lunch and an all-day coffee bar for relaxing and networking, and an evening social hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Each year, nearly 70,000 young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. In contrast to those younger and older, survival rates for young adults have not improved since 1975, possibly due to factors such as lack of insurance, less participation in clinical trials and delayed diagnoses.
Young survivors often are caught between the worlds of pediatric and adult oncology. They may face a variety of unique long-term effects and obstacles that will need to be addressed over their lifetimes, such as reentry into school or the workforce, insurance coverage, treatment-related infertility, neurocognitive effects or secondary malignancies.
Pushing Past Cancer takes place at the Medical Education Building, 4610 X Street, Sacramento. PRINTABLE MAP HERE: https://ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/parking/downloads/UCDMC_Shuttle_Map.pdf
Tickets and parking are free, but registration is required. For more details, and to register, go to PPC2016.eventbrite.com.
Pushing Past Cancer is sponsored by the UC Davis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board, and the 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 for more than 10,000 adults and children every year, and access to more than 150 clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 280 scientists at UC Davis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Jackson Laboratory (JAX West), whose scientific partnerships advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Through the Cancer Care Network, UC Davis collaborates with a number of hospitals and clinical centers throughout the Central Valley and Northern California regions to offer the latest cancer care. Its community-based outreach and education programs address disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.