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September 12, 2013

An upcoming conference co-hosted by the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s will address the nuances of caring for adolescents and young adults with cancer. 

The Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology’s inaugural conference, to be held Oct. 16 and 17 in Irvine, Calif., will include discussions about treatment for young patients with cancer, as well as oncofertility, psychosocial needs, patients’ legal rights and navigating cancer survivorship.
The conference’s attendees will become well-versed in the critical aspects that must be considered when caring for a vulnerable patient population, says Dr. Leonard Sender, director of the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.
“We recognize that adolescent and teenage oncology patients have special needs when it comes to the treatment of cancer, as well as their resulting emotional and psychosocial needs,” he says. “Complete and robust care for adolescents and young adults with cancer goes beyond treatment alone.”
The conference, which will be held at UC Irvine’s Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, is designed for all healthcare professionals who care for adolescents and young adults with cancer: medical and surgical oncologists; gynecologists; dermatologists; radiation oncologists; and primary care providers, including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and psychologists.
These healthcare professionals will gain a multitude of skills at the conference: 
how to utilize and implement clinical strategies for models of care for adolescent and young adult
        patients with cancer into current practices;
how to recognize the importance of prevention and early diagnosis in adolescent and young adult        
        patients with cancer;
how to recognize the importance of and options for oncofertility planning for adolescent and young adult
        patients with cancer; 
how to describe the psychosocial needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer and the impact of
        those needs on treatment and survivorship; 
how to describe the role of adolescent and young adult advocacy and legal issues in oncology care as it
        relates to the healthcare professional; and
how to discern the issues, solutions and care of adolescent and young adult patients with leukemia,
        melanoma, breast cancer and cervical cancer.
The two-day conference – co-hosted by CHOC and UC Irvine – will include speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities. Keynote speeches will be delivered by Ryan Panchadsaram of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and Simon Davies, who serves on the board of directors of Teen Cancer America.
Visit www.sayao2013.com for more conference information, including registration details.
Visit www.sayao.org to learn more about the Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.


Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


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