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Young Adults – Choosing Hope Amid Life Challenges

You are considered a cancer Survivor from the moment of your diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. You have already picked up some tips regarding how to deal with the first phase of survivorship, and may be about to start the second phase, both described in other sections of the AYA Free2Bme site – the phases […]

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Published: 30 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – Choosing Hope Amid Life Challenges

You are considered a cancer Survivor from the moment of your diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. You have already picked up some tips regarding how to deal with the first phase of survivorship, and may be about to start the second phase, both described in other sections of the AYA Free2Bme site – the phases […]

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Published: 30 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teen and Young Adult Stories of Hope

Most pages of the CANSA AYA Free2Bme site feature inspiring quotes from teens or young adults who have walked a similar path to you. This space is dedicated to giving other AYA (adolescents and young adults) HOPE as they read your stories of hope or quotes of hope – please submit them in the comment […]

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Published: 30 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Risk Factors for Cancer While we don’t understand fully what causes all cancers, unhealthy lifestyle choices have been linked to a number of cancers, so it makes sense to make healthier lifestyle choices in order to lower personal risk of cancer after treatment. Known Causes 1) Young adults with Human Immodeficiency Virus (HIV) or Aquired Immunodeficiency […]

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Published: 29 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Risk Factors for Cancer In most cancers in children and teens, we don’t understand what causes the cancer. This is why raising awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer to aid early diagnosis is very important. There are only a few known causes of cancer in teens. Known Causes 1) Current international data suggests 10% […]

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Published: 29 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – Emotional Support

When receiving a cancer diagnosis and going through treatment and its side effects it can be very difficult to process all that is happening to you in the moment. You have responsibilities as a young adult and you have commitments to keep – studies, work, family. Life just keeps coming at you and you battle […]

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Published: 29 August 2023
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Teens – Emotional Support

When receiving a cancer diagnosis and going through treatment and its side effects it can be very difficult to process all that is happening to you in the moment. In the beginning you may even be in denial, carrying on as if everything is fine. You may feel that you are in “survival mode”, just […]

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Published: 29 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – Sharing My Diagnosis

Who Can I Tell? It is your choice who to tell as this is your personal journey. It will make things easier if you inform at least the people nearest to you. Keeping secrets is hard work and your extended family and friends might feel left out. Instead of avoiding them or making up a […]

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Published: 28 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – Sharing My Diagnosis

Who Can I Tell? It is your choice who to tell as this is your personal journey. It will make things easier if you inform at least the people nearest to you. Keeping secrets is hard work and your extended family and friends might feel left out. Instead of avoiding them or making up a […]

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Published: 28 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Side effects of cancer treatment may vary from person to person, even among those receiving the same treatment. Image Credit: Freepik Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy the cancer cells in your body. The type of cancer and at what stage the cancer is, will determine which chemotherapy drugs or a […]

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Published: 28 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Side effects of cancer treatment may vary from person to person, even among those receiving the same treatment. Image Credit: Freepik Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to destroy the cancer cells in your body. The type of cancer and at what stage the cancer is, will determine which chemotherapy drugs or a […]

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Published: 28 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – Types of Cancer and Treatment

What is Cancer? Your body (organs and skin) is made up of trillions of cells. These cells work together, dividing and reproducing in a precise way. Old cells die off and new healthy cells take their place daily. Sometimes when cells are reproduced mistakes are made. We call these mutations. Usually the healthy cells in […]

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Published: 28 August 2023
Updated: 11 April 2024
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – Types of Cancer and Treatment

What is Cancer? Your body (organs and skin) is made up of trillions of cells. These cells work together, dividing and reproducing in a precise way. Old cells die off and new healthy cells take their place daily. Sometimes when cells are reproduced mistakes are made. We call these mutations. Usually the healthy cells in […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 29 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – My Cancer Diagnosis

Finally, school is behind you and you are about to start work or further studies towards your future career of choice. You are understanding what you want out of life better than when you were a teen and you are excited about what the future may hold for you in terms of dating and potentially […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 29 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adults – Questions to Ask Your Oncologist to Help Understand Your Diagnosis and Treatment

Sometimes a visit to the oncologist may feel overwhelming, especially when you are not used to certain medical terms. Your loved ones, relatives or a good friend could accompany you to help you take in all the information the oncologist will share. It is also useful to have a notebook to write things down, for […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 27 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

What is AYA – CANSA Free2Bme?

AYA stands for Adolescents and Young Adults. An adolescent is a teenager (13 years to 17 years of age) and a young adult is 18 years to 25 years of age. CANSA understands that being diagnosed with cancer when you are young – a teen or a young adult – may be especially overwhelming and […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 30 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

AYA Helplines and Support Groups

Cancer Support Teens If you are a teen (13 to 17 years of age) struggling with your cancer diagnosis or treatment and needing emotional or practical support, please complete and submit this online form. (This service is free of charge). Young Adults If you are a young adult struggling with your cancer diagnosis or treatment […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 14 May 2024
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

AYA Rights

Human Rights Drafters of the South African Constitution have made children’s and teen’s (13 to 17 years old) rights a priority, as they are seen to be vulnerable. These rights are entrenched in Section 28 in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of our country. Sadly, children, teens and young adults may be vulnerable […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 29 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – Questions to Ask Your Oncologist to Help Understand Your Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

Sometimes a visit to the oncologist may feel overwhelming, especially when you are not used to certain medical terms. Your parents, relatives or a good friend could accompany you to help you take in all the information the oncologist will share. It is also useful to have a notebook to write things down, for example […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 29 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Teens – My Cancer Diagnosis

You are in one of the most fast-paced and dramatic phases of your life – you’ve figured out, or are about to, that being a teenager is no joke! You don’t know your own body anymore, “stranger things” are happening every day; your emotions are all over the place and if you are a guy, […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 29 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

Young Adult Cancer Patients – Frequently Asked Questions

Questions in no particular order… Q. Will I lose my hair? This can be a common side effect of chemotherapy. Your hair may become thinner or fall out. Hair loss may happen anywhere on your body that you have hair. It can happen right after you begin chemo, or several weeks later. It may not […]

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Published: 27 August 2023
Updated: 29 August 2023
Categories: CANSA Free2Bme Support for Teens and Young Adults

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