Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology
How is Young Adult Cancer Unique?
Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease for U.S. adults in their 20s and 30s. More than 70,000 young adults are diagnosed each year. Compared with survival rates for younger and older cancer patients, survival rates for adolescents and young adults have not improved for more than 20 years. This may be partly because researchers do not fully understand cancer in young adults.
The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program is one of just six AYA programs in the nation funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). With the LAF, we aim to create standard information on tumor and blood samples from adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Developing this standard information, called the AYA biorepository will allow OHSU Knight Cancer Institute researchers to study adolescent and young adult cancers and work with other health centers These studies may include projects through the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance. This work will give scientists and doctors more knowledge about tumors and biology unique to young adults.
Through the AYA program we are dedicated to developing more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment for young adults with cancer.