Adolescent and young adult cancer patients face multiple barriers to ensuring adequate care: from unsure providers to financial constraints. Improved care coordination and recognition of the needs of this population can lead to much improved outcomes.
Evidence-Based Oncology spoke with Rajen Mody, MBBS, from the University of Michigan Health System, about his experiences treating young cancer patients, the survivorship program offered by the University of Michigan, and next generation sequencing.
Adolescent and young adults (AYA) constitute a distinct population amongst patients with cancer. Historically, AYA patients with ALL treated along pediatric-inspired protocols had better outcomes compared to those treated on standard "adult type" regimens.
A discussion on the challenges of implementing standards for addressing fertility risks associated with cancer and its treatment and describes an interactive training for healthcare providers to help them overcome challenges to implementation.