Graduation Term


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Committee Chair

Kristin KC Carlson

Committee Member

Simone SD Downie


This thesis explores the challenges and needs of young adult cancer patients, along with potential online resources to aid them, that includes social media, public and private organizations, and mobile applications. The focus of this research narrows down to communication and social networking mobile applications, particularly those with peer matching features. Although there are only three social apps in this category, a comprehensive analysis was undertaken. The research aims to underscore the need for a dedicated mobile application that connects young adult cancer patients with the same diagnosis. In response to this need, a mobile app named "YA Peer Match" was developed. The app facilitates connections among young adult cancer patients, allowing them to share the hidden aspects of their cancer treatments and build stronger support networks.


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