May 10, 2019

Patients, Mayo Clinic doctors form support group for young adults battling cancer

By Karl Oestreich

Arizona ABC 15
by Allison Rodriquez

Young adult cancer diagnoses have skyrocketed in the last few years. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 60,000 adults between 20 to 39 years old are diagnosed with cancer every year across the United States. While survival rates have improved for pediatric patients and older adults with cancer, this group hasn't seen improvement in decades. Sometimes referred to as the "forgotten group," these patients may find peer support hard to come by. That's why doctors and patients at the Mayo Clinic came together to create a unique group for these individuals.

ABC affiliate, channel 15 in Arizona

Reach: KNXV-TV, ABC 15, is the ABC television station affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.

Context: Allison Rosenthal, D.O. is a Mayo Clinic hematologist and oncologist. Support groups bring together people who are going through or have gone through similar experiences. For example, this common ground might be cancer, chronic medical conditions, addiction, bereavement or caregiving. You can learn more about support groups here.

Contact: Jim McVeigh

Tags: ABC15 Phoenix, Cancer, cancer support groups, Dr. Allison Rosenthal, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Uncategorized

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