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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You’re Too Young To Have Cancer

By: Jonathan Sommers I still cringe every time someone says...
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A Day In The Life of An AYA Nurse

By: Kristen Stegenga Being a nurse who cares for adolescents...
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AYA Oncology in Two Acts

By: Dr. Anna Franklin Act One A 19-year old man...
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Systems Change, AYA Program by AYA Program

By: Simon Davies "The doctors told me 'We don't know...
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Confessions of a Wallflower

By: Dr. Mark Lewis My name is Mark Lewis and...
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MacGyvering an AYA Program in the Real World

By: Mindy Buchanan In the world of Adolescent & Young...
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A Mother’s Story

By: Jackie Ogg In the two years since getting involved...
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My Cancer Card

By: Kate Houghton I work in politics; specifically, I’m in...
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National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

Here at Critical Mass, National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week...
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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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