What is AYA?
AYA, an acronym for Adolescent & Young Adult, refers to someone diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15-39. About 70,000 adolescents and young adults receive an unexpected cancer diagnosis every year. A nationwide focus is emerging to increase awareness of the unique issues AYA patients face, to better understand and address these issues and to increase survival rates.
Moffitt’s AYA Program exists to help young adult patients and their families:
- Manage the emotional toll of their cancer
- Receive access to cutting edge clinical trials and state-of-the-art care
- Discuss and understand the cancer treatment and its fertility risks and options.
- Connect with others who are also facing cancer and coping with similar issues
AYA Program Mission
Improve the cancer care experience and long-term effects for adolescents and young adults with cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center by ensuring all AYA patients and survivors have equitable access to education, resources, services and events specific to their age.