First Day of Cancer Treatment: Young Adult Shares Her Experience [Video]

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Christina with her nurse, Kerry Beliveau, RN. BSN.

From understanding medical jargon to experiencing “scanxiety,” entering a cancer center for the first time can be overwhelming. For young adults starting to establish their independence, the experience can be especially intimidating. Having a care team you know and trust, and seeking psychosocial support in the form of counseling or support groups, can help many patients adjust during this difficult time.

Christina Dixon, who was successfully treated at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center for stage IVB Hodgkin lymphoma at age 22, talks about her experience coming to Dana-Farber as a young adult, including bonding with her care team and getting involved with the Institute’s Young Adult Program.