Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer patients, ages 15-35, represent approximately 7 percent of all cancer diagnoses. Survival rates for this age group have changed little in 20 years despite improvements made for children and older adults.
Rachel Dow, Adolescent and Young Adult Program Coordinator says, “John Stoddard Cancer Center and Blank Children’s Hospital have joined together to create the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program. Our highly skilled team is working to develop standards of excellence for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for AYAs. As the first of its kind in Iowa, this innovative program is designed to better address the unique needs of AYA cancer patients both during and after treatment.”
At John Stoddard and Blank Children’s Hospital we are committed to improving the experience and increasing survival rates. Patients are connected to available resources and support to help them overcome the unique challenges this age group faces.