University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

AYA@USC – The Adolescent and Young Adult Program

We are building a new program at USC – in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles – tailored specifically for the needs of patients ages 15–39, adolescent and young adults (AYA). Once established, the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital will be among the first cancer centers in the country to have such a program.

The need for AYA@USC – The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program is great. In the United States, cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death for AYA patients, while over 70,000 are diagnosed with cancer each year including over 4,000 in the Los Angeles basin.

While survival rates from cancer among adult and pediatric patients have greatly improved, progress with AYA patients has significantly lagged. This stems from their distinct needs associated with their newfound sense of independence often resulting in a gap for medical care. It is also complicated by a great lack of scientific research – clinical, basic, and population based –focused specifically on this population.

The AYA@USC team will comprise the most advanced and innovative AYA program in Southern California. We will tailor many of our existing clinical programs, expand our social services – including increasing access to fertility preservation – an important concern among this age group, plus strengthen and expand our research from clinical trials to basic scientific studies – all with a focus on the distinct needs of AYA patients.

AYA@USC leadership includes our Executive Committee with Dr. David Freyer, Dr. James Hu and Dr. Terry Church. Our Steering Committee is comprised of diverse leadership that includes our leading scientists, clinicians, supportive services, and patient advocates at both USC Norris and CHLA.

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For more information, simply contact: AYA@USC.EDU