“Advances in the Young Adult Cancer Movement: Why SAYAO Is a Big Deal” is part two of a three part series in the Generation WHY (cancer based) section of Huffington Post. You can read part one here.
Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) “is an international professional organization dedicated to improving adolescent and young adult cancer care through the promotion of interdisciplinary research, education, communication, and collaboration among health professionals” (www.sayao.org). The society believes that patients who are between the ages of 15 and 39 (AYAs) represent a unique patient population within oncology practice. The society states that “pediatric and adult oncology research and clinical agendas are not designed to focus on the unique biological, clinical, psychosocial, and survivorship issues of this age group. Therefore, significant advances in adolescent and young adult cancer (AYA) care can be best achieved through an AYA specific focus. The annual meeting was launched as an initiative under this endeavor.”