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Adolescent and Young Adults (AYA)

 Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)

 Being an adolescent or young adult with cancer has particular challenges.  This population often deals with feelings of isolation when they don’t see themselves mirrored in those around them getting treatment.  Our programs and support groups aim to provide a sense of community and an outlet for self-expression for adolescents and young adults with cancer or post-treatment.  All programs are free of charge.


Support Group (registration required)

 This weekly support group is for those between the ages of 18 and 39 and usually runs for 8 – 10 weeks.  The group is bilingual but participants are required to have a basic understanding of both languages.  This group addresses the needs and issues specific to living with cancer as a young adult.  Common themes include isolation, managing overwhelming emotions such as anxiety and fear, and redefining identity post-diagnosis and post-treatment.

Workshops/ Retreats

One-day workshops

In partnership with Hope and Cope and VOBOC, we offer educational/ informational days or evenings every 3 to 4 months.  A variety of topics are addressed, including transition, sex, nutrition, and finances. 

Three-day retreat

Twice a year, we offer a chance for adolescents and young adults to be relax, reinvest and recharge with a weekend away from daily life.  There is a different theme for each retreat, and the weekend combines group activities, workshops and free time for you to connect with others and to take time for yourself.

Social events

 In partnership with Hope and Cope and VOBOC, we offer regular social events throughout the year.  These include BBQs, ski trips, movie nights and more.



AYA Exercise Evenings

Hope and Cope provides exercise evenings for AYAs on Monday nights from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Wellness Centre (4635 Chemin de la Cote-Ste-Catherine). Registration and Medical Authorization are required. Contact Lisa Mastroianni for more information: 514-340-3616 #217 or by email: lmastroianni@jgh.mcgill.ca.


For more information on the AYA programs or to register for the support group, please contact Jennifer:

Phone: 514-934-1934 x.35297

Email: cedarscanjennifer@gmail.com



 You might want to visit the website www.CancerFightClub.com which provides resources for young adults.  It helps to connect people, resources, and support services in the Canadian community to help “Fight the fright” of young adult (AYA) cancer.