Young Adult Cancer Action Day: Advocating for Young Adult Survivors

Young adult cancer survivors have unique needs, different from pediatric and adult patients. Live on June 21, 2018, the first ever Young Adult Cancer Action Day, listen in as Guest Speaker Shona Lovie, from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, speaks with Kate Houghton, President and CEO of Critical Mass of The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, and Sarah Milberg, Senior Manager of Federal Affairs at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Office of Public Policy in Washington, DC. June 21st is a special day because it marks the introduction of the first young adult cancer bill by Congress, HR2976, the Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act. This bill calls for federal student loan borrowers to be eligible for deferment while they are receiving treatment for cancer. On this episode, they discuss the importance of advocacy, who can be an advocate, the needs of young adult cancer survivors, and the work both organizations are doing to ensure that young adults not only have a voice, but an impact on issues pertaining to young adult cancer survivorship.

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