Are you an older teen or a young adult with cancer? Feeling restless, bored, or alone during your treatment? Wondering if anyone else your age is possibly around?
You might not know it, but at any given time, Memorial Sloan Kettering is treating hundreds of teenagers and young adults with cancer, and we’ve created programs just for you.
MSK recognizes that the diagnosis and treatment experience of teen and young adult (TYA) patients is unique. To improve the TYA patient experience during active treatment, we offer services that decrease isolation, improve connectivity between patients and their peers, and address psychosocial needs.
Our program is here for you, regardless of what type of cancer you have, what type of treatment you’re receiving, or where you receive treatment at MSK as an inpatient or an outpatient in Manhattan or at one of our other locations.
The Lounge App: A Place to Connect
The Lounge is a safe and protected social network app where teen and young adult patients (ages 18-39) can:
- Find other patients with similar experiences or interests.
- Send messages one-on-one or in groups.
- Post and comment on the newsfeed.
- Join virtual and in-person events hosted by MSK and other partner organizations.
- Talk to their peers about how they handled various situations throughout treatment.
- Get fast, reliable answers from MSK experts.
To download the Lounge app, go to the App Store on your iPhone or the Google Play store on your Android phone, and search for “the Lounge at MSK.”
You will need a passcode to create an account on the app. To get a passcode, email [email protected] with your full name, date of birth, and phone number.
Our virtual programs let you connect with your peers, chat, and enjoy activities together. Activities may include arts and crafts, yoga, trivia and game nights, educational workshops, and much more. We offer monthly and weekly sessions.
You can find all our virtual offerings by visiting mskcc.org/events and searching “young adult.”
The Lounge: A Space for You
The Lounge gives you and your guests a space to hang out and relax. Both inpatients and outpatients can make the space their own by using any and all of the resources available, or by participating in daily programming. The Lounge offers:
- kitchen stocked with snacks
- TV with cable and movies
- art supplies and classes
- video games and tournaments
- dry-erase graffiti wall
- movie nights
- computer stations
- board games
- books and resources
- weekly programming and special events
The Lounge is located on the 14th floor of the Bobst Building in room 1482B.
The TYA Lounge was developed through the generous support of Teen Cancer America and Who Cares.
If you have any questions about TYA @ MSK or the Lounge, email us at [email protected].