DC Young Adult Cancer Community Programs


The DC Young Adult Cancer Community (DCYACC) is all about addressing the unique challenges and concerns of young adults in their 20’s, 30’s, and early 40’s who are living with cancer. In addition to welcoming Young Adult Cancer Survivors (YACS) to our weekly yoga, cooking, stress reduction, and support programs, we aim to provide a forum for fellowship with creative and relevant topics ranging from integrative health and fertility choices to coping strategies, relationship issues, and everything in between.

We are currently collaborating with other support and treatment centers across the DC region to bring more YACS together for even better programs. This initiative, the DC Young Adult Cancer Community Meetup and Support Group, meets monthly at Smith Center for support and socialization. Each session is led by a licensed facilitator.

Upcoming YACS & YA Caregiver Programs

DC Young Adult Cancer Meet Up & Support Group

Bi-Monthly on Sundays, 5:00-6:30pm, with Erin Price, LICSW, and Sara Field, MSW, LICSW

This monthly gathering is an opportunity to meet other young adult cancer survivors in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. This program is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups. *

DC Young Adult Caregiver Support Group

Monthly on Sundays, 5:00-6:30pm, with Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C, and Lauren Broschak, MSW, LICSW

This monthly group is an opportunity to meet others who are caring for a young adult cancer survivor. The caregiver and survivor support groups meet independently. This program is a collaborative initiative of local hospitals, health organizations and cancer support groups. *

This group, led by a licensed psychologist, is designed to provide cancer caregivers with the opportunity to meet other caregivers, learn about useful tools for self-care, and explore ways to thrive in the caregiving role.

YA Social Hour

Monthly on Fridays, 6:00-7:00pm, with Erin Price, LICSW, and guests

Looking for more opportunities to connect socially with other young adult cancer survivors? Each month will have a new “theme” – please see our Program Calendar for the currently scheduled social hours.

DC Metro Young Adult Cancer Conference

Register for FREE at https://youngadultcancerdc.org/

More Upcoming Smith Center Programs

Please visit our Program Calendar to learn about more programs that may interest you.

Meet Our YACS & YA Caregiver Facilitators

Cheryl Hughes

Cheryl Hughes, LICSW, OSW-C

Cheryl Ann Hughes, LICSW, is a Palliative Care Social Worker at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. She creates a safe and supportive environment from which individuals can define their goals, as well as the means by which they can be achieved. Cheryl tailors each treatment plan using a variety of modalities including EMDR, strengths-based and solution-focused techniques, and with recognition of– and a deep respect for — the strong connection between mind and body. Cheryl infuses her work with mindfulness-based techniques to assist her clients in recognizing their own ability to create a reality that will lead to a satisfying and fulfilling life. Cheryl received her master’s degree in social work, with an emphasis on clinical and medical social work, from Catholic University. She works with cancer patients and their families as they deal with the increased stressors caused by cancer and its treatment.

Erin Price

Erin Price, LICSW

Erin serves as Smith Center’s Director of Young Adult and Psychosocial Support Programs. She is trained in Integrative Patient Navigation, a Project LEAD graduate, and holds a Masters in Social Work. A seven-year breast cancer survivor, Erin is passionate about providing support and community to other cancer survivors, especially young adults. She works with Smith Center’s DC Young Adult Cancer Community and is also actively involved in the cancer community through the Young Survival Coalition, Critical Mass, the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, National Breast Cancer Coalition, and the DC Cancer Action Partnership.

Lauren Broschak

Lauren Broschak, MSW, LICSW, OSW-C

Lauren is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in DC and Virginia. She has both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work, and has been working in oncology for just over three years. She developed her passion for oncology in Michigan where she worked at Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit supporting those touched by cancer. Since moving to the Metro DC Area she has worked at the GW Cancer Center in Washington, DC and is now an Oncology Clinical Therapist at Life with Cancer in Virginia. Lauren is particularly interested in providing support to the young adult community, and has presented at the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) national conference twice regarding young adults. Most recently, she became the Co-Chair of the Adolescent and Young Adult Special Interest Group at AOSW.

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