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Adolescent & Young Adults (AYA)

What is AYA?

  • Describes cancers among Adolescents and Young Adult population ages 15 – 39
  • Currently  65,000 – 70,000 AYA cancers diagnosed each year in the US
  • Thyroid cancer one of the top 5 AYA cancers
  • Numbers are increasing

What are some of the challenges and unique needs of AYA cancers & patients?

  • Life transitions
    • Shifts in family and peer groups
    • Changing and evolving sexual health and relationships
    • Growing independence
    • Highly mobile population
    • New found Independence, self awareness, and feelings of invincibility and invulnerability
  • Reduced adherence to treatment & follow-up
  • Challenges in communication
    • AYA – family
    • AYA – physician
    • AYA – peers
    • Family - physician
  • Unique needs
    • Disruptions in education, employment, and social life
    • Questions about future fertility
    • Establishing financial independence
    • Navigating the health care system
    • Very premature confrontation with mortality
    • Changes in physical appearance
    • “Long-term follow-up” is really long-term
    • Pregnant or a new  parent
  • Survivorship – AYA cancer survivors will hopefully have a LONG life of follow-up

Does USC/CHLA have an AYA program?

  • USC/CHLA will have the largest AYA program in Southern California
  • USC’s program will be the only NCI designated comprehensive cancer center  with an AYA program in California and the Southwestern US
  • www.uscnorris.com/about/programs/aya.html

What special resources do I have access to if I am an AYA patient treated for thyroid cancer at USC?

  • There will be a nurse coordinator that will help perform an intake evaluation and direct you to any appropriate resources. These may include but are not limited to
    • Fertility Planning and Preservation                   
    • Pain and Symptoms Management        
    • Genetic Testing and Counseling
    • Diet and Nutrition Counseling   
    • Anxiety / Depression Counseling           
    • Relationship, Family/Child Counseling  
    • Employment Counseling                        
    • Financial and/or Insurance Counseling 
    • Legal counseling                                    
    • AYA Interest Group/External Resources
  • Please see AYA website for further information www.uscnorris.com/about/programs/aya.html

 

 

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