Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center

Young Adult Cancer Support

To help keep our patients, families, and staff safe from the spread of infection, our support group will meet virtually in April. Please email youngadults@utsouthwestern.edu if you are interested in participating.

'It's a relief to talk with people who have been in your shoes'

A group of cancer patients, ages 18-39,  have forged a deep connection through the Young Adult Support Program at Simmons Cancer Center. They get together every couple of weeks, socialize, and share thoughts and experiences in a place where "people get it." Most of all, it reminds them they are not alone.

Young Adult Cancer Support
Members of our Planning Committee: Shaun Robbins, Candace Hupp, Maritza Figy, Jenni Pennington, Roberto Cowan

Young adults living with cancer face unique challenges related to work, school, health insurance, relationships, sexuality, body image, fertility, spirituality, and emotional well-being. It can be hard for patients to meet each other on their own, but we are here to help! Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center seeks to encourage, strengthen, and empower young adults by providing support groups and social activities. 

Our planning committee – a dedicated group of young adult patients who volunteer their time to inform and coordinate events – meets throughout the year to ensure we have plenty of opportunities for patients to connect. 

For more information, please contact Alex Huffman, LCSW, OSW-C, by email at youngadults@utsouthwestern.edu or text 214-267-UTYA (8892). 

art therapy class
Participants in an Art Therapy night

Upcoming Support Groups

Dallas, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, 8th Floor, Room NC8.212

Fourth Tuesday of every month (January 28th, February 25th, March 24th, etc.)  

5:45 p.m.–7:30 p.m., dinner provided

Dallas Mavericks 1
A night out with the Dallas Mavericks

Upcoming Social Events

Wednesday, February 12th

Expressive Arts Drawing Class 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, 8th Floor, Room NC8.212

Thursday, March 12th

Community Brewery 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

1530 Inspiration Drive, Suite 200

Dallas, TX 75207

Also, learn more about Families Connected, a quarterly support program designed to help patients and their school-aged children adjust to the changes that occur when a parent has cancer.


Celebrating at the Mavericks' game