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Web guides the young to cancer survivor programs

May 26, 2008|Susan Brink | Times Staff Writer

Like almost everyone their age, young adult cancer survivors are into the Web. The following sites help them deal with the aftermath of cancer:

* A national list of transition programs for childhood and adult cancer survivors is available at www.acor.org/ped-onc /treatment/surclinics.html. These programs help adults piece together treatment records and develop preventive care-plans.

* seventyk.org Named for the 70,000 new young adults diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year, the organization drew up a bill of rights for the unique needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients.

* www.vitaloptions.org This psychosocial and advocacy group offers topics for young survivors, including motherhood and cancer.

* www.imtooyoungforthis.org This survivor-led support and research group works on behalf of survivors younger than 40.

* www.livestrong.org/site /c.khLXK1PxHmF/b.2660611 /k.BCED/Home.htm Founded by Lance Armstrong, who survived testicular cancer at age 25, it is an advocacy organization that has funded research and transition clinics.

* www.planetcancer.org /html/index.php Planet Cancer welcomes young adult cancer patients and survivors with: "We're glad you're here. (Well, not really, but you know what we mean.)"

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susan.brink@latimes.com

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