National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines define an adolescent and young adult (AYA) oncology patient as an individual between 15 and 39 years of age at the time of initial diagnosis. These guidelines state that AYAs develop different cancers than other age groups; this patient population also has unique needs around treatment and survivorship.
According to NCCN more than 700,000 AYAs are diagnosed with cancer annually in the U.S., accounting for 5 out of 100 new cancer diagnoses and 2 out of 100 cancer deaths.
The American Cancer Society calls attention to issues that can uniquely affect young adults with cancer including:
Laura Holmes Haddad shares how her battle with breast cancer changed her perception of the resources available to younger adults with cancer, and what cancer programs can do to meet their needs.