Adolescents and young adults with cancer have unique emotional, physical, and practical needs that aren’t easily met through typical cancer care for children or older adults. For these patients, cancer can interrupt school, work, marriage, parenthood, and more.
Although sarcomas make up a small percentage of adult cancers and about 15 percent of childhood cancers, they are anything but small to the families they affect. The Sarcoma Disease-Oriented Research Team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), led by R. Lor Randall, MD, and Jeffrey T. Yap, PhD, is dedicated to finding better treatments and a cure for these cancers of the body’s connective tissues, bone, and muscles.
If you're an adolescent or young adult (AYA) with cancer, it's easy to feel alone. While the number of AYAs with cancer in the United States is not small—70,000 are diagnosed each year—it can feel like you're the only one your age going through this. As the patient navigator for the HI-AYA Cancer Care Program, I recently attended CancerCon, a conference that talks about the challenges of having cancer as an AYA and provides a space for people get to know each other.