Newly Rebranded Program Helps AYA Cancer Patients

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Each year, 72,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States. Cancer is the number one cause of disease-related death in this age group.

These teen and young adult cancer patients have different needs and treatment challenges from patients in other age groups. Many of them fall into a gap between cancer treatment programs that are designed for children and programs that are designed for adults. They are also much less likely than children to be able to receive advanced treatments as part of research studies, and it often takes young adults much longer to receive a diagnosis. This age group’s survival rates have not improved in more than 20 years.

Because of these statistics, Roswell Park is committed to learn more about adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers and to optimize the experience of our AYA patients. Roswell Park’s AYA cancer program consists of a multidisciplinary team that helps meet the unique needs of this patient population. The team works with the referring specialist or primary care provider and will provide patients with access to appropriate medical and supportive services during and after their treatment.

Recently, the AYA team launched a new name and logo for their social support and programmatic activities for young adults: Thrive. As a way to supplement the medical support and resources offered to patients, Thrive intends to connect AYA cancer patients and survivors in social settings and help facilitate peer-to-peer support. Check out some of Thrive’s recent happenings on Roswell's AYA Facbeook page