Skip to main content

Search
News

More Hospitals Tailor Cancer Care to Teens and Young Adults

|

More Hospitals Tailor Cancer Care to Teens and Young Adults

April 29, 2014

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303939404579529734239182654?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424052702303939404579529734239182654.html

 

Source - The Wall Street Journal


New treatments and earlier detection have led to steady gains in cancer survival for children and adults. But survival rates for teens and young adults with some types of cancer have barely budged in 30 years. A push is on for better care and better outcomes for patients in what the National Cancer Institute calls a "no man's land" between pediatric and adult oncology. At present, adolescents and young adults may be treated in adult units or in children's wards—which both are places they are likely to feel isolated and distressed. More hospitals are adding dedicated teen and young adult cancer units based on a model developed by the Teenage Cancer Trust in the U.K. It teams medical oncologists, pediatric specialists, therapists and social workers to offer an integrative approach to medical treatment, emotional issues, fertility counseling and clinical trials. Last year, Seattle Children's opened a unit at its adolescent and young-adult oncology program, says Dr. Rebecca Johnson, the program's medical director. Teens and young adults generally can tolerate intensive chemotherapy because they are strong, with excellent liver and kidney function, she says. With one type of leukemia, adolescent and young adults have better outcomes with pediatric treatment protocols, which are more aggressive than adult treatment, studies indicate.

Press Contacts for Media Interviews

Email for Media Interviews
press@seattlechildrens.org
Phone for Media Interviews
206-987-4500
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time (non-holidays)
Urgent After Hours for Media Interviews
206-987-2000
Call switchboard to page Media Relations staff on call

Latest News

Doctor’s Advice: How to enjoy the hot weather safely
7.11.14 — Q13 Fox

Dr. Tony Woodward, medical director of emergency services at Seattle Children’s, discusses how to enjoy the hot weekend weather ... cont.

Teen Patient Gives MTV-Style Tour Of Seattle Children's Hospital
7.11.14 — Evening Magazine

A local teenager is using the “MTV Cribs” show format to show off an unlikely place: Seattle Children’s Hospital. This is the ... cont.

Seattle Scientist Trying To Disrupt HPV, Which Hacks Your Cells To Cause Cancer
7.11.14 — KPLU Radio

Most sexually-active people will pick up human papillomavirus at one time or another, and it’s very dangerous for a small ... cont.