Intersections is a UCSF Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Community.
Intersections began as a way to fill an unmet need for social support and community building within the AYA oncology patient population. The AYA population is increasingly recognized as a distinct group within the field of clinical oncology, both in terms of disease biology and unique psychosocial needs.
Many young adults with cancer endure lonely treatment experiences because they are not given the opportunity to interact with other patients who are the same age. In addition, friends are away at college, launching careers, and starting families, leaving these young adults without a necessary support network.
That is where we come in. We are a social community and resource network dedicated to the UCSF AYA oncology patient population, including patients between the ages 18-28 years old. We provide an environment that allows patients to come together and connect with others who understand their experiences.
We know the social support needs may vary from one patient to another, and that is exactly what we are here for. Our Patient Advisory Board, which consists of current oncology patients and siblings, meets with a Medical Student Board to oversee the program so that it provides the greatest benefit for patients during their treatment and beyond. We host monthly events for patients to get together and reconnect in a fun and informal setting. Additionally, our private online platform allows patients to connect with each other anytime and anywhere.