Young Adults with Cancer in their PRIME (YAC PRIME): A National Survey of Health and Well-being of Young Adults with Cancer in Canada


The purpose of this study is to investigate the psychological, social, functional, and physical well-being of young adults (YAs) with cancer across Canada. We intend to compare your answers to a similar age group of YAs in Canada who have not been diagnosed with cancer. Data obtained from this study will be used to advocate for the needs of YAs with cancer and develop programs to address these issues. ​


We will be collaborating with Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC) to investigate whether efforts to reduce isolation and connect YAs with cancer improve coping and adjustment. Specifically, we will assess whether frequency and intensity of contact with support from the YACC network influences psychological outcomes. 

You are eligible to participate if you meet the following criteria:

  • English-speaking
  • You were diagnosed with any type or stage of cancer after the age of 15 but before the age of 39
  • You are currently 19 years of age or older



What does this study involve?

In this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey. Participation involves answering questions about your age, sex, gender, sexuality, living arrangement, relationship status, ethnic/racial heritage, children, academic/employment status, and financial situation. You will also be asked about your psychological, social, functional, and physical well-being, your cancer experience, and your involvement with YACC.  

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and will take approximately 45 minutes of your time. We are not collecting any personally identifiable information and the data you provide will not be able to be traced back to you. 

As thanks for your participation you can enter a draw to win a $25.00 e-gift card, or an expenses paid trip to attend a YACC event of your choosing. More details are available on the consent form.


Click on the links for copies of the study consent form and debriefing form



Primary Investigator: Sheila N. Garland, PhD

(Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science and

Division of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine)


Co-Investigators: Geoff Eaton and Karine Chalifour,

Young Adult Cancer Canada

Breanna Lane, PsyD Student, Memorial University

Ken Fowler, PhD, Memorial University

Luc Clair, PhD, University of Winnipeg


Funding provided by:


Collaborative Applied Research in Economics (CARE)


Current Research

This study currently recruiting participants