Adolescents & Young Adults

Adolescents & Young Adults

What does AYA stand for?

AYA stands for Adolescents and Young Adults.

Our AYA Program is for those ages 15-39 years old. The AYAs we support are those who have a cancer diagnosis themselves, are grieving the loss of a loved one, or who have a family member or friend with a cancer diagnosis.

Did You Know?

  • AYAs are often grouped with younger or older patient populations, which masks important differences in cancer distribution, tumor biology, and survivorship.
  • AYAs are more likely to be diagnosed at a late stage because of both delays in diagnosis due to the rarity of cancer in this age group and higher uninsured rates and higher prevalence of aggressive disease.
  • AYA patients also have a high risk of long-term and late effects, including infertility, sexual dysfunction, heart problems, and future cancers.

What do you wish people knew about being an AYA?

How did being an AYA impact your relationships?

Meet a few of our AYAs

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