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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Chicago, Illinois – Wednesday, November 4 to Friday, November 6

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Event Details

We are excited to present the 2015 Critical Mass Annual Conference, an exploration of all of those “elephants” in the room, those difficult to talk about subjects that must be addressed. Join us in new opportunities for learning, collaborating, innovating and pushing the edge as we broach the taboo subjects of AYA cancer.

Here are the dates you need to know:
April 1, 2015: Call for 2016 host cities opens. Do you want to Critical Mass to come to your town in 2016? This is your chance.
April 27, 2015: Applications for host cities due.
May 4, 2015: Call for scientific abstracts opens.
May 28, 2015: Scientific abstracts due.
June 4: Registration opens.

Click here to read more about the 2015 Critical Mass Annual Conference. To read the about the 2014 Critical Mass Annual Conference, review abstracts and watch the video, visit the 2014 Annual Conference page.


4 (Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 6 (Friday) 2:00 pm


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chicago - Magnificent Mile

300 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611


Critical Mass with the 2015 Annual Conference Planning Committee and Sub-Committees