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Emily Drake
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Emily Drake, BScH, MA, is a psychosocial oncology researcher, health promotion specialist (consultant) and the Director (Acting) of CancerFightClub (http://cancerfightclub.com) an initiative of Hope & Cope (Jewish General Hospital/McGill University), from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She received her Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from Acadia University and her Master of Arts degree in health promotion from Dalhousie University where she completed her master’s thesis that looked at the experience of sexuality of young adult cancer survivors.

She is interested in both pediatric and young adult cancer survivor psychosocial oncology research and has been working in the field for several years. She is currently involved in a number of projects that are investigating the quality of life of these survivor populations to help gain the information that is needed to create effective programs, policies and interventions.

Emily has experience speaking nationally about various issues that adolescent and young adult cancer survivors face, including sexuality.

She can be contacted at: EmilyKMDrake (at) gmail (dot) com

Or on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/EK_Drake

Entries by Emily Drake

Uniting Advocates: #AYACSM

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 11:04 AM

If you follow adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer organizations and advocates on Twitter, you may have seen the hashtag #AYACSM popping up in your feed over the last ten months. The hashtag was developed for the adolescent and young adult cancer societal movement by Maureen Sweet of Stupid Cancer...

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#OMG2014: Stupid Cancer. Genius Event.

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Last month I had the opportunity to attend my first OMG! Cancer Summit in Las Vegas. Before I went, I wasn't sure what to expect and had a few questions in mind:

  • Would I be able to take home a few key messages that applied to my work in Canada?...
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How I Felt When Mommy Got Sick

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 4:18 PM

The adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer movement advocates for the rights of AYAs, including their need for age-appropriate care, for their psychosocial needs to be met and as for all who access medical care, for the healthcare system to view them as whole people and not just medical conditions....

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New Innovation in the AYA Cancer Movement: The Future Is Here

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Part 3 of a 3 part series. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

While attending the first annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) conference, one thing became abundantly clear: technology is going to greatly influence the future of the adolescent and...

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Advances in the Young Adult Cancer Movement: Why SAYAO Is a Big Deal

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 8:21 AM

Part 2 of a 3-part series. Read Part 1 here.

In October of 2013, I had the opportunity to attend the first annual meeting of the Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) held in Irvine, California at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), in partnership...

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The Future of the AYA Cancer Movement: A Chat With Dr. Leonard Sender

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Part 1 of a 3-part series:

I recently attended the first annual meeting of the Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) held at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) in partnership with the Hyundai Cancer Institute at the Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's). SAYAO was...

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Team Shan: Reaching One Young Woman at a Time

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 8:29 PM

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States and Canada takes place in October. Breast cancer affects many women and men directly, and many others indirectly through the diagnosis of family members and friends. While awareness campaigns have highlighted the prevalence of breast cancer, the fact that breast cancer...

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Reflect, Refocus, Rebuild, Live: An Interview With Mike Lang

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 11:28 AM

In 2011 at the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology's annual meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, I had the opportunity to do my first oral presentation at a national conference. Having been a former outpatient at a pediatric health center, it was a unique experience for me to be on the...

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Let's Talk About Sex

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 11:37 PM

It is time that the experience of sexuality of young adult cancer survivors begin to be discussed. Sexuality refers to how intimate individuals relate to each other. It is an important part of our personality that involves our sexual orientation, along with our attitudes, beliefs and behaviors related to sex....

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How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout: 7 Tips for Caregivers of Young Adult Cancer Patients and Survivors

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 8:09 AM

Caring for a person with cancer can be extremely rewarding, but it can be exhausting as well. A diagnosis of cancer during adolescence and young adulthood interrupts a person's life and comes at a time when they are trying to complete the life steps (complete their education, get a job,...

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