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Program helps teens after cancer treatment

Wilmot Cancer Institute is collaborating with Melissas Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation to help teens and young adults after cancer treatment ends.

The Judy Dimarzo Cancer Suvivorship Program will connect patients to wellness and support programs at Melissas Living Legacy.

The new program will expand services for patients 13 to 29-years-old.

A specialist will coordinate peer-support and nutrition, fitness and vocational guidance programs at Melissas Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation.

Managing the transition from patient to survivor presents many unexpected obstacles for our teens and young adults, said Lauren Spiker, who founded Melissas Living Legacy in 2001 after the death of her 19-year-old daughter Melissa.

Nearly 70,000 adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Many people experience socioeconomic challenges including depression, anger, etc.

Experts say many young people do not get appropriate follow-up care.

For more information about the Adolescent-Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Specialist services, contact Alicia Coffin, M.S.N., R.N., O.C.N, lead program coordinator with the Survivorship Program at Wilmot Cancer Institute at (585) 275-6956.

 
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