This post is the fourth in our series, SWOG Stories.
We’re collecting and sharing conversations from across the Group. The series was first conceived of to honor SWOG’s 60th anniversary, and has continued to grow. We have posted – and will continue to post – these wonderful conversations here.


Life after cancer brings unique challenges – changed relationships, increased anxiety, physical disability, financial stress. SWOG researchers study these issues to help ensure that people with a medical history of cancer not only live longer, but live better.

Heidi Adams & Dr. Lara Davis

Heidi Adams & Dr. Lara Davis

In their conversation captured last spring, patient advocate Heidi Adams and Dr. Lara Davis of Oregon Health & Science University discuss the young adult cancer experience, including the unique issues adolescent and young adult patients face when funding their care, preserving fertility, and navigating the chasm between pediatric and adult treatment protocols.

The Hope Foundation has enabled the launch and growth of many of SWOG’s current research and administrative committees, including the Patient Advocate and Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Committees. With our seed funding, these initiatives have blossomed into full-fledged committees within the Group.

Of course, our support is made possible by individual donors. A gift you give today helps us launch SWOG’s next great ideas.