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A TREATMENT “HOME” FOR YOUNG ADULTS WITH CANCER
The FWAYAOC unit provides our community an age-relevant treatment “home” for AYA-specialized oncology care, where the unique medical, biological, and psychosocial differences in young people are understood, acknowledged, and addressed as a priority instead of an afterthought.
It enables the efficient delivery of support and resources to patients who might not otherwise know they exist.
Most importantly, our unit provides young people a place of empowerment, where they can safely and confidently navigate the significant social, financial, physical, and emotional burdens that arrive with a cancer diagnosis.
If you have a young adult with cancer as a patient between the ages of 18 and 29, consider admitting them to our unit for their inpatient and outpatient needs.
Below, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about our unit, admitting a patient and patient care.
You can also learn more about the amenities and functionality of our unit by clicking the image.
Admit A Young Adult With Cancer
If you have an AYA family member seeking treatment home or a doctor with a young adult AYA patient looking for in house oncology treatment, we are here to help.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHO CAN ADMIT PATIENTS TO THE UNIT?
Any physician with admitting privileges to BSW-All Saints may admit patients to the unit. The IPC Hospitalist Service is available to admit patients to the unit, if desired.
WHAT PATIENTS CAN BE ADMITTED TO THE UNIT?
An individual aged 18-29 with a cancer diagnosis (known or highly suspected).
Patients who do not meet these criteria must be discussed with the Medical Director before admission.
WHO STAFFS THE UNIT?
The unit is staffed by designated BSW-All Saints nurses and ancillary staff, who are being trained specifically in AYA oncology.
Our BSW AYA team includes dedicated individuals from physical therapy, occupational therapy, pastoral care, palliative care, psychology, social work, dietary, and child life.
We have an AYA navigator (currently an FWAYAOC intern and soon to be a hired nurse navigator), who will assess the patient’s needs and introduce them to local, national, and web-based AYA resources geared to AYAs.
Dr. Karen Albritton, the Medical Director, is dually boarded in Pediatric and Medical Oncology.
When fully staffed, the FWAYAOC will also supply an AYA dedicated social worker, psychologist, and “child” life specialist.
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT?
There are six large, fully renovated private rooms with ensuite bathrooms, comfortable Murphy beds for guests, smart TVs, and generous storage.
The unit ends in an open floor plan common room flooded with natural light from abundant windows.
A comfortable sectional couch and armchairs surround a large screen tv, and storage full of age-appropriate games and puzzles for patients, friends, and young children.
A rec area has a bumper pool and foosball tables, an “Echo” Bluetooth device, stereo, and a glass message wall.
The kitchen area has a self-service refrigerator, cappuccino machine, microwave, and convection oven with age-appropriate snacks.
A “cocoon” room offers a quiet place for conversation, meditation, or reading.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THE CARE?
To support your medical care of the patient, the dedicated staff above will take a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to the patient and their family needs.
Through constant team communication, weekly huddles, and regular tumor boards, the medical, social, psychological, and spiritual needs of the patient will be assessed and addressed.
Examples include offering fertility counseling, communication with affected school or workplace, age-appropriate palliative care counseling (“Voicing my Choices” workbook), etc.
We are also working to increase the clinical trial offerings as we seek to open Children Oncology Group protocols in AYA diseases such as sarcoma and leukemia through the Baylor Research Institute.
HOW DOES A CURRENT PATIENT GET ADMITTED?
Patients who meet the criteria will be admitted through the usual BSW-AS processes (intake 817.922.7075).
For discussion of other patients or any questions, call the medical director, Dr. Karen Albritton at 855.664.2922, option 1.