Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer is any cancer that impacts a person age 15-39 at the time of diagnosis. Care for AYA Cancer is best when it’s separated from both children and older adult cancer care, as AYA patients share unique medical and psychological challenges.
AYA care diagnoses and treats an age group that faces a specific set of challenges often overlooked in routine cancer care. Providers who specialize in this age group are versed in these challenges and able to offer tailored, well researched, therapeutic care to their patients at a critical transitional time in their lives.
Some unique points of focus for AYA patients include:
At UCLA Health, we pay special attention to these needs and offer individualized treatment plans tailored to address them. Our goal is to provide a space for AYA patients to express their experience, develop resilience, and ultimately heal in a community of providers and peers who understand and support them.
If you are a patient or are interested in becoming a UCLA AYA patient contact Julia Leavitt at: JPLeavitt@mednet.ucla.edu.