Teenagers and young adults shouldn't stop enjoying their youth just because they have cancer. In an exciting and historic partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and Who Cares UCLA Health is pleased to introduce the first Teen/Young Adult Cancer program in America. The vision of the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program is to ensure that every young person receives the best possible care and professional support to help them meet the physical and emotional challenges of a cancer diagnosis.
In June 2011, the UCLA Health sent a diverse team of professionals from both pediatric and adult oncology to the U.K. to learn from the best on how to create and implement a successful and multidimensional program like TCT in the US. The team was very impressed during their visit and witnessed firsthand the positive impact that the U.K. Teenage Cancer Trust units have on the lives of young people affected by cancer.
Dr. Jackie Casillas, an associate professor of pediatrics. "Our UCLA multidisciplinary team returned from the trip energized and enthusiastic to begin developing our own specialized unit and support programs for teens and young adults. Our goal for the UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen & Young Adult Cancer Program is to lead the movement of improving outcomes, quality of life and quality of care for teens and young adults whose lives have been touched by cancer."