Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program
What is Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer?
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.
The UCLA Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer program provides AYA patients freedom to express their experience, develop resilience, and ultimately heal in a community of providers and peers who understand and support them. We do this by supporting patients at the intersection of life and cancer, providing the steppingstones needed to navigate the unique and age-specific medical and psychological challenges faced by many AYA patients. Additionally, we advance research in the field of AYA oncology, educate providers about the unique needs of young people living with cancer and improve care for AYAs.
Meet our AYAs
Meet some of our previous AYA cancer patients and hear what they have to say about their experience at UCLA and life.