A treatment “Home” for Young adults

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 cancer 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.

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frequently asked questions

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.
An individual age 18-29 with a cancer diagnosis (known or highly suspected). Patients who do not meet this criteria must be discussed with the Medical Director before admission.
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 a 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.
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 bumper pool and foosball tables, “Echo” Bluetooth device, stereo and 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.
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 disease such as sarcoma and leukemia through the Baylor Research Institute.
Patients who meet 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.