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Young Adults with Cancer Focus of Program Developed by Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
Date:9/15/2009

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new partnership of Providence Health & Services, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group has been developed to treat young adults with cancer, providing diagnostics and treatment for a group that nationwide falls in a gap between adult and pediatric health care.

The Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program is believed to be the first such endeavor in the United States developed as a partnership between a pediatric academic medical center and a community-based cancer program.

The AYA Program will serve patients, 18 to 39, and will be housed at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center's new Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center, scheduled to open early next year on the Burbank campus.

It will be jointly directed by Raul Mena, M.D., medical director of the Disney Cancer Center, and Stuart E. Siegel, M.D., head of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and director of the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Disease at Childrens Hospital, and professor and vice chairman of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

"These young cancer patients historically have fallen between the cracks," Dr. Mena said. "A 20-year-old who has been treated for cancer as a teenager is no longer a pediatric case, but his treatment is not the same as for a 55-year-old patient. They have very special needs. This may include not only treatments and research studies that are specific for this group of patients but also programs that deal with the long term side effects of therapy."

Dr. Siegel, a nationally recognized expert on AYA cancers and current co-chairman of the Standards Task Force for the Lance Armstrong Foundation/Young Adult Alliance, said that the new joint program will be desig
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