At CHOC, we stand by each patient’s side throughout treatment. From offering information on sensitive subjects to providing many of the comforts of home when patients are staying in the hospital, we work to help patients feel comfortable and empowered while undergoing treatment.
Because teens and young adults often have sensitive questions about their treatments, we have created Straight Talk—an online collection of cancer-specific information aimed to answer questions on issues like fertility, sex, teen and young adults rights, and much more. Get the tough questions answered on our Straight Talk website.
AYA Surgery Guide
Preparing for a surgery or procedure can be stressful. While it may seem strange to have surgery at a “children’s hospital,” it is important to know that at CHOC, we’ve been treating teens and young adults since 1964 and understand the needs of our teen and young adult patients. We encourage all teen and young adult patients to read our AYA Surgery Guide that includes information and tips for patients who will be undergoing a surgical procedure. Read our AYA Surgery Guide.
Fifth Floor Teen Room
Located on same floor as our inpatient rooms, the teen room provides teens and young adults a place to read, play video games and watch movies, as well as computer access. It is a great place for patients to get away from their room to hang out with other patients their age.
A resource room available to patients and their families featuring a computer and a range of educational materials designed to help families better understand diagnoses and treatments.
In addition to providing innovative medical treatment and follow-up care, the AYA team also addresses the psychosocial needs of teens and young adults. Life is stressful enough and when cancer is thrown into the mix, it’s great to know that support is close at hand. The AYA program provides ongoing psychosocial services to help patients address issues related to self-image, relationships, sexuality, fertility, mental health, education and employment throughout every phase of treatment. It is important that our patients know that we truly understand their feelings and needs and are here to help them every step of the way.
The Comforts of Home
At CHOC, we are committed to providing a truly healing environment for our patients and families that includes special amenities that help the hospital feel like home both on the fifth at the Cancer Institute and on the second floor. Learn more about:
The Richard C. and Virginia A. Hunsaker Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Child Life Program
Teens and young adults should be going to football games and dances, dating, spending time with friends or planning for their future. When cancer interrupts such an important time in life, the risk for depression is high and that can impact treatment. The CHOC AYA child life program offers one of the only programs in the country specially geared toward teens and young adults.
- Weekly AYA Events
Teens and young adults have many opportunities to stay busy, hangout and pursue a variety of hobbies and interests including cooking classes and art classes, AYA movie nights, bowling, beach bonfires, holiday parties, fitness Fridays and much more.
- Rock the Halls
Rock the Halls is a program that motivates our AYA patients to stay active and win prizes. Participating patients track each lap they complete around the unit, and the patient that walks the most laps each day receives a gift card.
- CHOC Children’s Oncology Ball presented by The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
An annual event that gives teen patients the opportunity to enjoy an important life event that they may have missed at their own schools because of cancer treatment.
- Youth Advisory Board
The AYA youth advisory board gives AYA members a leadership role to help guide the AYA program for future patients.
- Weekend Retreats, Conferences and Trips
Other Resources for Teens, Young Adults and Their Families
From scholarships to camps to general health information, we have put together a comprehensive list of our favorite online resources for our patients, their friends and families. Learn more about the online sources we trust.