City of Hope's City News -- Life Interrupted: Young Adults and Cancer
Interview and text by Candace Pearson
Photography by Rebecca Little

Cancer disrupts life at any age. For young adults, cancer can derail them when they're just beginning to find out who they are. Often, they're forced to leave school, first jobs and first apartments and move back home.

Each year, some 72,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) ages 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. -- seven times the number of pediatric cases. AYA survival rates have seen little or no change since 1975, a puzzle researchers are trying to unravel.

Meet Hannah, Mackey and Stacey. They are among the young adults being treated at City of Hope. This is a story of cancer through their eyes.

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