Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Center Shines on International Stage

Joseph Pressey, MD, an oncologist in the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, recently wrote an article for Arab Health Daily Dose. Pressey, who was also a speaker at the annual Arab Health Exhibition and Congress, authored “Specialized programs offer critical, comprehensive services for adolescents and young adults with cancer.” The article highlighted the specialized care and approach Cincinnati Children’s utilizes when addressing the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population. This includes:

  • A multidisciplinary, comprehensive program: The program’s goal is two-fold: to make sure AYA patients receive state-of-the-art cancer care, and to provide more opportunities to advance the care of these patients through clinical and translational research.
  • Age-appropriate support: Adolescence and early adulthood is a time of life when things are changing fast. Our psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, music therapists and holistic health specialists are trained to provide age-appropriate support to patients with cancer whose lives have become even more complicated.
  • A dedicated space: AYA patients have their own outpatient clinic at Cincinnati Children’s, as well as a dedicated inpatient unit. Our AYA advisory board of cancer survivors helped us create these spaces, which feature age-appropriate décor and activities.
  • Fertility preservation: Specialists from our Comprehensive Fertility Care and Preservation Program meet with eligible patients to discuss how their specific cancer therapy might affect their ability to have children in the future.
  • Peer support: Volunteers in our peer-to-peer program reach out to newly diagnosed AYAs to provide encouragement and support.
  • Educational services: Our licensed professional educators help adolescents and young adults work toward their educational goals and maintain academic skills while receiving treatment.
  • Long-term survivor program: Our Cancer Survivorship Center provides specialized medical care and psychosocial support to childhood cancer survivors -- continuously and without interruption through adulthood. Cincinnati Children’s established the program over 30 years ago and today cares for more than 1,800 children and adult survivors, who range in age from 5 to 65+ years old.
  • Research: Cincinnati Children’s oncology faculty members are leaders in research in AYA cancers. We are one of the largest centers for new pediatric and young adult anticancer drug research and stem cell transplant in the United States.

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