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Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

About 70,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15-39) are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. Learn about the most common cancers in young people. Read how cancer is diagnosed and treated. Find out where to get treatment and what questions to ask about clinical trials. Get tips to cope and check out organizations that serve young people with cancer. See related reports and research.

Cancers in Young People

Types of cancer in adolescents and young adults (15 - 39 year olds).


Tests used to diagnose cancer. Tips to help find a doctor or treatment facility, get a second opinion, and pay for treatment.


Treatment and Clinical Trials

Types of cancer treatments, clinical trials, and NCI-designated Cancer Centers.

Coping and Support

Cope with emotions, manage side effects, and learn about financial and community resources. Information for people with cancer, family, and friends.


Life after cancer treatment, follow-up care, stories from other cancer survivors, and more.

If Treatment Isn't Working

Sometimes it's not possible to cure cancer. Information for patients and caregivers on hospice, advance directives, and end of life.

Organizations and Resources

Organizations and resources for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

Reports, Research, and Literature

Research studies, reports, and articles on adolescent and young adult cancer issues.