Whether they are single or have young families, their challenges are unique such as reduced fertility, dealing with different issues relating to their sexuality & physical appearance. This is in addition to increased psychosocial stressors with ongoing careers as well as extended survivorship periods, fear of recurrence & financial burden.
Having these different issues makes an already difficult cancer vendetta more challenging - not just for
patients but for medical professionals. Young women undergoing treatment for cancer remain understudied despite
Very similar issues and challenges extend to women caring and managing their partner's/spouse's (and/or direct family member's) diagnosis and treatment too.
As a result, if you're unable to be proactive, extremely vigilant & advocate your rights, things get missed and people fall through the cracks of the system.
While the Canberra region has numerous growing support groups & resources there are still significant gaps in the support/assistance & awareness for younger woman managing less common forms of cancer - lymphomas, ovarian/cervix, colorectal, melanoma, sarcoma - just to name a few!
The Younger Women's Cancer Support Group - ACT & Surrounding Region (YWCSG) has been created to support these women: to ask questions, vent, socialise & support each other, raising awareness of these challenges, standing up to make a difference & ultimately close up the gaps.