LOS ANGELES (March 29, 2019) – As part of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Awareness Week (March 31-April 6), Teen Cancer America announced today that, beginning Monday, for seven consecutive days the national non-profit and its partners will highlight information about specific needs and challenges related to cancer treatment, support and survivorship for teens and young adults, a patient population that has been historically underserved.
TCA, founded by rock icons Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, develops specialized facilities, treatment and age-specific services that are proven to improve outcomes and survivorship for adolescents and young adults (AYA) fighting cancer. The Los Angeles-based organization is joined in their AYA Cancer Awareness Week efforts by the Ulman Foundation, The Samfund, Stupid Cancer and the Fort Worth AYA Oncology Coalition, all of which are focused on the needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients.
TCA will provide specific information each day next week to partnered charities, ambassadors, and hospitals across the U.S., as well as through its own social channels, in order to increase awareness. Facebook users will be able to use a unique Facebook Frame as their profile picture through TCA’s Facebook homepage from March 31 through April 6, and utilize the hashtgs #AYAware, #AYACancer, #checkyourself and #ayacsm on Twitter and Instagram.
“All week we’ll be discussing the barriers this age group with cancer faces and what needs to change within the healthcare community to better treat our young people,” said Simon Davies, TCA Executive Director. “We have an obligation to provide them with high-level services in age appropriate settings, with targeted treatments and support delivered by staff experienced in AYA cancer care.”
The TCA schedule of information throughout AYA Cancer Awareness Week will highlight:
Day 1: Awareness. Understanding barriers AYA cancer patients face and what needs to change.
Day 2: Isolation. The #1 psychosocial issue for teens and young adults with cancer.
Day 3: Financial Stress. How to relieve the financial burden that can come with a cancer diagnosis.
Day 4: Fertility. Educating young people on issues related to fertility before and after treatment.
Day 5: Low Clinical Trial Enrollment. How the age limit on clinical trials impacts access to innovative drug therapies.
Day 6: Survivorship. Examining the lifelong impact of cancer and the need for long term support.
Day 7: Prevention and Screening. Vaccines, screenings and other ways to prevent and detect cancers.
To find out more about Teen Cancer America and its AYA Cancer Awareness Week campaign, please visit www.TeenCancerAmerica.org.
About Teen Cancer America
Every hour, another 13 to 39-year-old is diagnosed with cancer in America. Teen Cancer America transforms the lives for this underserved patient population by working with our country’s leading cancer treatment and research centers. They create specialized clinical care programs, offer therapeutic experiences and provide access to individualized support and resources. This completely unique organization works with the leading healthcare institutions to build state-of-the-art Adolescent and Young Adult “Social Zones” for both in-patient and out-patient treatment settings. The work of Teen Cancer America has impacted over 28,200 young people and their families nationwide during the last seven years. For more information, contact Michelle Aland firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.teencanceramerica.org.
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