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Adolescents & Young Adults (AYA)

At City of Hope, we know that adolescents and young adults (AYA) have unique needs.. That's why we offer medical care, psychosocial support and resources designed to help patients like you navigate from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship.
 
Treatments for younger children and older adults are not always appropriate for adolescents and young adults. We offer AYA-specific medical care that is designed to treat cancer aggressively while minimizing the long-term effects. At City of Hope, you will have access to:
 
  • The most current cancer therapies and treatments
  • AYA inpatient lounge
  • Outpatient treatments to minimize hospital stays
  • Clinical trials
  • Fertility preservation referrals
 
As an AYA, you’re probably concerned about how your cancer diagnosis and treatment will impact your body as well as important aspects of your life, such as relationships, finances and school or career. To help you live as normally as possible, we provide counseling, psychological services and support groups, including:
 
  • An educational group for adolescents and young adults on undergoing therapy
  • A recreational therapy group for inpatient adolescents and young adults
  • AYA social events
  • Fertility preservation referrals
     
The City of Hope AYA medical team is actively involved in day-to-day patient care as well as research to test new treatments, improve outcomes and enhance survivorship for AYA patients.  At the same time, the psychosocial team, which includes psychologists, social workers and child life specialists, are available to answer your questions and provide support tailored to your unique situation. The team includes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


With a patient population that spans all ages, City of Hope is uniquely positioned to treat you from diagnosis through adulthood, enabling you to stay with the same team and at a hospital you know and trust.
 

Adolescents & Young Adults (AYA)

Adolescents & Young Adults (AYA)

At City of Hope, we know that adolescents and young adults (AYA) have unique needs.. That's why we offer medical care, psychosocial support and resources designed to help patients like you navigate from diagnosis to treatment to survivorship.
 
Treatments for younger children and older adults are not always appropriate for adolescents and young adults. We offer AYA-specific medical care that is designed to treat cancer aggressively while minimizing the long-term effects. At City of Hope, you will have access to:
 
  • The most current cancer therapies and treatments
  • AYA inpatient lounge
  • Outpatient treatments to minimize hospital stays
  • Clinical trials
  • Fertility preservation referrals
 
As an AYA, you’re probably concerned about how your cancer diagnosis and treatment will impact your body as well as important aspects of your life, such as relationships, finances and school or career. To help you live as normally as possible, we provide counseling, psychological services and support groups, including:
 
  • An educational group for adolescents and young adults on undergoing therapy
  • A recreational therapy group for inpatient adolescents and young adults
  • AYA social events
  • Fertility preservation referrals
     
The City of Hope AYA medical team is actively involved in day-to-day patient care as well as research to test new treatments, improve outcomes and enhance survivorship for AYA patients.  At the same time, the psychosocial team, which includes psychologists, social workers and child life specialists, are available to answer your questions and provide support tailored to your unique situation. The team includes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


With a patient population that spans all ages, City of Hope is uniquely positioned to treat you from diagnosis through adulthood, enabling you to stay with the same team and at a hospital you know and trust.
 
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As a Comprehensive Cancer Center – the highest designation given by the National Cancer Institute – we are widely regarded as a leader in cancer prevention and treatment.
 

For the 11th year, U.S.News & World Report has named City of Hope one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.


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  • No one ever plans to have cancer – and there’s never a good time. For Homa Sadat, her cancer came at a particularly bad time: just one year after losing her father to the pancreatic cancer he had battled for two years. She was working a grueling schedule managing three commercial office buildings. She’d just [&...
  • Patients at City of Hope – most of whom are fighting cancer – rely on more than 37,000 units of blood and platelets each year for their treatment and survival. Every one of those units comes from family, friends or someone who traded an hour or so of their time and a pint of their […]
  • Surgery is vital in the treatment of cancer – it’s used to help diagnose, treat and even prevent the disease – so a new colorectal cancer study linking a decrease in surgeries for advanced cancer to increased survival rates may raise more questions than it answers for some patients. The surgery-and-surviv...
  • Age is the single greatest risk factor overall for cancer; our chances of developing the disease rise steeply after age 50. For geriatric oncology nurse Peggy Burhenn, the meaning is clear: Cancer is primarily a geriatric condition. That’s why she is forging inroads in the care of older adults with cancer. Burh...
  • One of American’s great sportscasters, Stuart Scott, passed away from recurrent cancer of the appendix at the young age of 49. His cancer was diagnosed when he was only 40 years old. It was found during an operation for appendicitis. His courageous fight against this disease began in 2007, resumed again with an...
  • When Homa Sadat found a lump in her breast at age 27, her gynecologist told her what many doctors say to young women: You’re too young to have breast cancer. With the lump dismissed as a harmless cyst, she didn’t think about it again until she was at a restaurant six months later and felt […]
  • What most people call a “bone marrow transplant” is not actually a transplant of bone marrow; it is instead the transplantation of what’s known as hematopoietic stem cells. Such cells are often taken from bone marrow, but not always. Hematopoietic stem cells are simply immature cells that can ...
  • Doctors have long known that women with a precancerous condition called atypical hyperplasia have an elevated risk of breast cancer. Now a new study has found that the risk is more serious than previously thought. Hyperplasia itself is an overgrowth of cells; atypical hyperplasia is an overgrowth in a distorted...
  • Don’t kid yourself. Just because it’s mid-January doesn’t mean it’s too late to make resolutions for a happier, and healthier, 2015. Just consider them resolutions that are more mature than those giddy, sometimes self-deluded, Jan. 1 resolutions. To that end, we share some advice from Cary A. Presant, M.D., an ...
  • Sales and marketing executive Jim Murphy first came to City of Hope in 2002 to donate blood for a friend who was being treated for esophageal cancer. The disease is serious. Although esophageal cancer accounts for only about 1 percent of cancer diagnoses in the U.S., only about 20 percent of patients survive at...
  • Aaron Bomar and his family were celebrating his daughter’s 33rd birthday in September 2014 when he received alarming news: According to an X-ray taken earlier that day at an urgent care facility, he had a node on his aorta and was in danger of an aneurysm. Bomar held hands with his wife and daughter and s...
  • Explaining a prostate cancer diagnosis to a young child can be difficult — especially when the cancer is incurable. But conveying the need for prostate cancer research, as it turns out, is easily done. And that leads to action. Earlier this year, Gerald Rustad, 71, who is living with a very aggressive form of m...
  • Cancer and its treatment can create unexpected daily challenges for patients. Side effects from chemotherapy, surgery and radiation therapy as well as the disease itself can cause difficulty in everything from speech to movement to eating. When this happens, rehabilitation is vital; it helps patients restore th...
  • Betsy Sauer and her four daughters share plenty in common. They’re smart and successful.  They’re funny, ranging from wryly witty to wickedly hilarious. Their hobbies tend toward the active and adventurous: hiking, rock climbing, skiing, swimming, fishing, kayaking, yoga and horseback riding. Also, they take he...
  • Flu season is upon us, and few people should take the risk of infection more seriously than cancer patients and their loved ones and caregivers. With the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning of widespread influenza outbreaks, it’s clear that flu season – and the associated risks – won’t en...