A COMMUNITY COMING TOGETHER
We are a community of over 100 Fort Worth, TX Healthcare workers, and advocates leading the way to help adolescents and young adults (AYAs) between the ages of 15 and 39.
With your help, we can educate, inspire, and comfort those who need it
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WHY IT MATTERS
AYAs face unique medical barriers and psychosocial issues that, when not addressed, can have devastating short and long-term consequences.
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AYA CANCER IS DIFFERENT
Every year, more than 70,000 AYAs are diagnosed with cancer.
Approximately 500 are diagnosed in and around Fort Worth.
That’s 8X, the number of pediatric patients.
Unlike children, however, there has been a limited focus on the AYA population.
The consequences are significant. In addition to a lack of available age-relevant support and resources, eye-opening data has revealed that AYA survival rates have not significantly improved in more than three decades.
DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER IN THE U.S. EACH YEAR
DIAGNOSED IN & AROUND FORT WORTH EACH YEAR
YEARS SINCE THERE'S BEEN A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT IN SURVIVAL
MINUTES BEFORE ANOTHER AYA IS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
CANCER IS THE NO. 1 CAUSE OF DISEASE-RELATED DEATHS IN AYAS
OUR AYA INPATIENT UNIT & INFUSION CENTER
In May 2016, our coalition opened America’s first community-supported AYA oncology inpatient unit and infusion center for patients ages 18 to 29.
Located inside Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth, the unit provides an age-relevant treatment “home” for young adults, ages 18 to 29, diagnosed with cancer in our community.
What the Fort Worth Adolescent and Young Adult Coalition have achieved is a good practice model for the region’s young people with cancer, one that will be the envy of community hospitals throughout the USA.
I commend the Fort Worth community’s spirit of collaboration, for delivering a world-class facility and most of all, for putting young patients and their families first.
AYA Support Advice - Remain Positive And Continue To Promote Healthy Interactions Being able to maintain your emotional health during this time is trial and error. We know that in light of everything going on and the amount of support we receive, we should be...
TJ Hutchings | Meeting Others With AYA Cancer Growing up in a single-parent home, TJ Hutchings didn't have the luxury of knowing that education after high school was guaranteed. He knew that he'd have to create his own path to college. The three-sport athlete hoped...
I’M AN AYA
Were you diagnosed with cancer? Are you between 15 and 39 years old?
Whether you’re looking for information, resources, support, or encouragement, we have what you need.
I’M A PROVIDER
AYA cancer is different from cancer in other aged patients. This population has unique needs, and we’re here to help.
I’M A SUPPORTER
We are a community of professionals, advocates, volunteers, and people like you. Learn how you can get involved.
Lavinia Jones was preparing for life after college when a broken bone changed the course of her life.
We celebrated the grand opening of our new adolescent and young adult (AYA) inpatient cancer unit and infusion center located at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth on Thursday, May 12! Relive the sights and sounds of our coalition's...
Young adult cancer is different from pediatric and older adult cancers. That was the message of National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week (NYACAW), the first week in April, when adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer organizations, programs, professionals,...