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Emily Drake
Emily Drake is a passionate and innovative public health leader. A graduate of Acadia University’s Department of Psychology and Dalhousie University’s Master’s in Health Promotion program, Emily is a health promotion specialist and advocate for the adolescent and young adult cancer movement. A writer and an invited public health speaker, her writing and public speaking skills have been sought out by non-profit organizations, healthcare providers and the private sector in Canada, the United States and Australia.

Recently, she has relocated to Halifax, Nova Scotia where she has started her own consulting business ( Prior to this she was working with Hope & Cope at the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University as the Director of their young adult cancer support program, CancerFightClub. In this position she was responsible for over seeing a bilingual online health promotion resource and creative in-person support program for young adults living with cancer, their supporters and the health professionals who care for them.

A social innovator, in 2013, Emily co-founded and continues to grow Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Societal Movement (#ayacsm) and in 2014, Metastatic and Advanced Young Adult Cancer Community (#mayacc) – both are active, multi-disciplinary communities that are changing the way stakeholders interact and share information regarding young adults with cancer.

Emily is goal-oriented and has continued interest in public health and the development of healthy communities (both in-person and virtual).

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Entries by Emily Drake

5 Things You Should Know About Oncofertility

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 3:57 PM

Here are five things you may not know about Oncofertility:

1. The word "Oncofertility" was coined by Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff of Northwestern University to define an area of academic research and practice that concerns both oncology and reproductive medicine. Oncofertility researchers and practitioners study fertility preservation options and are...

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How and Why Everyone Needs to Support LGBTQQ Young Adults Who Are Living with Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 11:47 AM

There are many sociological factors that influence the health of populations in North America. These include, but are not limited to: education, physical environment, income, social support, employment, gender, culture and healthy child development. In Canada, we are fortunate to have a universal healthcare system. However, despite this, we see...

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YSC: The Sisterhood for Young Women With Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 12:06 PM

Last month, I headed south to Houston, Texas, to attend the Young Survival Coalition's (YSC) conference for young women affected by breast cancer and their supporters (who YSC have accurately dubbed, co-survivors). The theme of the conference this year (#YSC2015) was "young. strong. connected" acknowledging that for the over 13,000...

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I Am a Cancer Researcher

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2015 | 12:18 PM

In October of this past year, I attended the second annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) conference: Breaking Barriers in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was held at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) in partnership with the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's and SeventyK. As...

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An Update From the Second Annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology's (SAYAO) Conference: Breaking Barriers in Acute Lymphoblasic Luekemia (ALL)

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 1:55 PM

I had the fortune this past October to attend the second annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) conference at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) in partnership with the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's and SeventyK. This year, the conference, titled "Breaking Barriers in Acute...

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Pioneering Young Adult Cancer Support: 30 Years of History

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 1:34 PM

Whether you have been a part of CancerFightClub ( for a while or are just learning about us now, you may be unaware that it is a program of Hope & Cope, a non-profit organization that is part of the Jewish General Hospital/McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Thirty years...

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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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