Journal article

The Australian Youth Cancer Service: Developing and Monitoring the Activity of Nationally Coordinated Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care

Pandora Patterson, Kimberley R Allison, Helen Bibby, Kate Thompson, Jeremy Lewin, Taia Briggs, Rick Walker, Michael Osborn, Meg Plaster, Allan Hayward, Roslyn Henney, Shannyn George, Dominic Keuskamp, Antoinette Anazodo

CANCERS | MDPI | Published : 2021


Adolescents and young adults (aged 15-25 years) diagnosed with cancer have unique medical and psychosocial experiences and care needs, distinct from those of paediatric and older adult patients. Since 2011, the Australian Youth Cancer Services have provided developmentally appropriate, multidisciplinary and comprehensive care to these young patients, facilitated by national service coordination and activity data collection and monitoring. This paper reports on how the Youth Cancer Services have conceptualised and delivered quality youth cancer care in four priority areas: clinical trial participation, oncofertility, psychosocial care and survivorship. National activity data collected by the ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The Youth Cancer Services are funded by the Australian Federal and State Governments, with co-investment and management by Canteen; Canteen is a registered charity which receives funding from a variety of government and individual sources. No specific funding was provided for this study.