The youth project at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan

Andrea Ferrari, Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Michela Casanova, Roberto Luksch, Monica Terenziani, Filippo Spreafico, Daniela Polastri, Cristina Meazza, Laura Veneroni, Serena Catania, Elisabetta Schiavello, Veronica Biassoni, Marta Podda, Maura Massimino

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Abstract

The paper describes the key issues of the Youth Project launched in 2011 at the pediatric oncology unit of the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan dedicated to adolescents (over 15 years old) and young adults (up to 25 years old) with solid tumors. The Youth Project was developed within the pediatric oncology unit in the conviction that adolescent patients may benefit from the multidisciplinary team typical of the pediatric oncology setting, as well as the expertise in treating pediatric-type malignancies and enrolling patients in clinical trials. The project was an offshoot of existing activities, making no major changes to the hospital's organization and posing no major demands on the institution's administration and board. Patients are managed by the pediatric oncology staff, but they have access to particular services (e.g., regarding their psychosocial support, fertility preserving measures, access to care after completing therapy); dedicated, adequately equipped multifunctional rooms have been provided. The location of the pediatric unit within a cancer referral center and the cooperation with divisions dedicated to adults have played an important role in the project's creation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-407
Number of pages9
JournalTumori
Volume98
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Access to care
  • Adolescents
  • Adolescents with cancer
  • Pediatric oncology
  • Psychosocial support
  • Young adults
  • Youth project

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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