Exploring a lost generation: Adolescent and young adult oncology in the academic setting

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Patient Engagement

Each year, approximately 70,000 adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 39 (commonly referred to as AYAs) are diagnosed with cancer, yet historically few programs have been developed to address their unique clinical, social and emotional needs.

AYAs represent a scant 6% of all patients with new cancer diagnoses yet are eight times more likely to be diagnosed than children who are in their first 15 years of life. Cancer is a leading factor of death among this age group when excluding homicide, suicide and unintentional injury. With these factors taken into consideration, for females, it remains the single most common cause of death; in males, it is second only to heart disease.

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About the Author

Susan van der Sommen
Susan van der Sommen MHA, FACHE, FACMPE
Senior Director, Administration- Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Susan.vandersommen@jhmi.edu.

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