Welcome to Critical Mass

We are the Young Adult Cancer Alliance, where unifying voices and eliminating barriers is our mission and our passion. We are non-profits, medical institutions, patient advocacy groups, government agencies, clinicians, researchers and dedicated individuals – all united by a shared passion to improve the lives of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer. By joining together, we believe that we have the power to create a world where young adults with cancer have no barriers to survive and thrive.

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The Latest News from Critical Mass


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Elephants and Evolution – A New Path Forward for Critical Mass

The 9th annual Critical Mass Annual Conference has ended, and...
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The Greater Good: The Business End of Philanthropy

By Amanda Carroll Barnes Today I feel a little like...
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Competitors or Collaborators?

By Samantha Watson and Dr. Nick Yeager The mission of...
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Critical Questions for Critical Mass: Fertility Preservation for Young Adults and Children with Cancer

By: Nanette Elster, JD, MPH Tremendous progress has been made...
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Deciding How to Live and How to Die

By Dr. Lori Weiner On Twitter, @ZDoggMD blatantly and eloquently...
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Let’s Talk About Sex

So how do you approach an elephant in the room?...
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Six Things About Family Building You AND Your Patients Should Know

It wasn’t so long ago that patients with cancer were...
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Young Adult Cancer in 140 Characters

If you've been living under a rock throughout the past...
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Young Adult Cancer Awareness Continues: 6 Things You Can Do

National Young Adult Cancer Week 2015 is over, but the...
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Serving Survivors, Preserving Legacies

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is an annual, community-driven...
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Don’t Ignore Stage IV: Advocating For Metastatic Cancer

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is an annual, community-driven...
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Young Adult Cancer Is Different

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is an annual, community-driven...
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“You’re Cancer Free!” (So Why Do You Feel So Conflicted?)

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is an annual, community-driven...
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Health Insurance: A Puzzle Wrapped in an Enigma?

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is an annual, community-driven...
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April 6-10: The 12th Annual Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

We are thrilled to have Terry Wilcox, Executive Director of...
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Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week Schedule of Events

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week is here, and that...
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Meeting Ignites In My Shoes Pathway Audit Tool Development

Documenting the real-time, first-person adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer...
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2014 Conference Recap

The 2014 Annual Conference theme was Strengthening Our Ties expressed...
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We’re Paying Tribute to an Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Trailblazer

Thanks to the generous support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma...
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The Fragmentation Monster Under My Bed: A Researcher’s Worst Nightmare

In honor of National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week, I've...
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United We Stand

You've heard it a thousand times before, I'm sure: "United...
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