See also our related blogs for the Keller Laboratory and the Pediatric Preclinical Testing Initiative.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Creates Some Buzz on the International Stage

Set against Auckland, New Zealand’s backdrop of black sand beaches and ocean for as far as the eyes can see, the 43rd Congress of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) provided experts from 93 countries an opportunity to come together. We’re proud to announce that two of our Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology team members, Sue Lindemulder, MD and Amy Frohnmayer, were in attendance.
“The attention devoted to the AYA-specific concerns at this conference was an indication of the growing interest this field is cultivating. There is a lot of work to do, and it’s energizing to know that the mission of our program is shared by a larger network of providers, researchers, and advocates worldwide.” - Amy Frohnmayer, Research Assistant, AYA Oncology Program
There were multiple and varied sessions dedicated to AYA including five symposia, and the final keynote address. Ms. Frohnmayer presented on the fertility preservation decision-making process of adolescent and young adult women with cancer. Other topics ranged from long-term survivorship and care to the transition from pediatric to adult care, and AYA-specific disease physiology.
It wasn’t all serious business though. The exuberant atmosphere that AYA survivors bring to everything they do undoubtedly livened up the conference as many from Canteen New Zealand were in attendance as volunteers. The fun also included movie night and a screening of Wrong Way to Hope.
They AYA Program also had three posters presented at the conference.
AYA Fellowship
AYA Case Study
AYA Treatment & Survivorship Cohort

Adolescents and young adults with cancer have different needs from other patients. The Knight Cancer Institute is proud to offer Oregon’s only program designed exclusively for people ages 15-39. Our internationally-recognized, award-winning Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology Program is dedicated to ensuring all AYAs with cancer have access to services tailored to their specific needs.