Model of Care for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: The Youth Project in Milan

Maria Chiara Magni, Laura Veneroni, Matteo Silva, Michela Casanova, Stefano Chiaravalli, Maura Massimino, Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Andrea Ferrari

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Abstract

Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer form a particular group of patients with unique characteristics, who inhabit a so-called "no man's land" between pediatric and adult services. In the last 10 years, the scientific oncology community has started to pay attention to these patients, implementing dedicated programs. A standardized model of care directed toward patients in this age range has yet to be developed and neither the pediatric nor the adult oncologic systems perfectly fit these patients' needs. The Youth Project of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan, dedicated to AYA with pediatric-type solid tumors, can be seen as a model of care for AYA patients, with its heterogeneous multidisciplinary staff and close cooperation with adult medical oncologists and surgeons. Further progress in the care of AYA cancer patients is still needed to improve their outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88
JournalFrontiers in Pediatrics
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Journal Article

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