About AYA

OHSU Knight Cancer Institute AYA Program
When you’re graduating high school or college, starting a new career or family or backpacking through Europe, you don’t expect to be diagnosed with cancer.

No matter how isolated you might feel, you’re not alone. Each year, 70,000 adolescents and young adults (AYA) in the US are diagnosed with cancer.

Our program

Whether you are diagnosed with breast cancer, leukemia, melanoma or any type of cancer between the ages of 15 – 39, the Knight Cancer Institute’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program at OHSU provides services unique to young people undergoing cancer treatments, including fertility preservation, connecting with support groups and activities specific to your needs.  

Ours is the only program in Oregon, and one of a few in the U.S., exclusively dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer.  

The AYA program team, in conjunction with the Knight Cancer Institute’s team of skilled doctors, nurses and researchers is dedicated to developing more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment to assure longer, healthier lives for young people with cancer.

The AYA program was founded with support from the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). The LAF unites people to fight cancer, believing unity is strength, knowledge is power and attitude is everything. Our program is a charter member of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance.