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Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program

Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital offers the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program, a consult service with a unique multidisciplinary team including pediatric oncologists, nurse specialists, educational specialists, psychologists, and social workers. The team works cooperatively with referring specialists or primary care providers.

The AYA Cancer Program cares for patients through the age of 25. This new service was developed in response to several trends and is supported by the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Children’s Oncology Group.

Cancer rates are higher in adolescents and young adults than among younger children. However, adolescents and young adults are less likely to receive a prompt diagnosis or be enrolled on a clinical trial for innovative treatment. Therefore, cancer survival rates for adolescents and young adults are not only poorer than survival rates for young children, but over the past few decades they have also improved the least out of all age groups. [i]

However, the staff of the AYA Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital offers patients specialized care and treatment on and according to national pediatric clinical trials – care that has been clinically proven to result in faster diagnosis and improved survival rates. [ii]

The AYA Cancer Program aims to:

  1. Provide the best care and treatment for adolescents and young adults with cancer;
  2. Create an atmosphere of sharing and caring, where patients and their parents can get the emotional support they need;
  3. Help patients experience a life that is not limited by their diagnosis, through constantly striving to help them maintain independence and as active and normal a life as possible.

Treatment of the Whole Person

Being diagnosed with a complex illness often leads patients and their families into a world of uncertainties. The journey through tests, diagnosis, treatment and therapy may be long. The language is new and the surroundings are unfamiliar. Few patients and families can meet such challenges without support; they need a guide.

Everyone deserves the chance to access care and treatment that offers both state-of-the-art technology and a team dedicated to their health, hope and well-being. The AYA Cancer Program staff offers longitudinal, coordinated care and provides patients and their families with instant access to excellent medical care from a team of multidisciplinary specialists.

State-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities allow us to treat cancers that only a short time ago were considered untreatable. The Children’s Oncology Group is now developing specific clinical trials to include patients up to age 50 and the AYA Cancer Program evaluates patients for possible inclusion in these protocols.

But cancer affects more than a person’s physical health: its impact on a person’s daily life and emotional health are just as important. Our team of psychologists and life specialists are there to assist patients and their families through the experience.

Location

The AYA Cancer Program is located within the Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital in the second floor of the S building. The AYA waiting room has laptops, DVDs, a foosball table, karaoke machine, and more. Clinic hours are flexible to meet the needs of patients and their families.

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This toll-free service enables parents and patients to talk directly with a staff member to address concerns and assist in making appointments with appropriate specialists. 

  1. Bleyer A, Viny A, Barr, R. Chapter 1: Introduction. Cancer Epidemiology in Older Adolescents and Young Adults 15 to 29 Years of Age, Including SEER Incidence and Survival: 1975-2000. Bleyer A, O’Leary M, Barr R, Ries LAG (eds). National Cancer Institute, NIH Pub. No. 06-5767. Bethesda , MD 2006.
  2. Bleyer et al.

Everyone deserves the chance to access care and treatment that offers both state-of-the-art technology and a team dedicated to their health, hope and well-being. The AYA Cancer Program staff offers longitudinal, coordinated care and provides patients and their families with instant access to excellent medical care from a team of multidisciplinary specialists.