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Understanding Cancer in AYA

AYA = Adolescents and Young Adults

One of the reasons cancers in adolescents and young adults is so difficult to treat is because it’s just that: cancer in adolescents and young adults. The amazing transition from childhood to adulthood poses great challenges for cancer treatments in this particular stage of life. According to Dr. Brian Hayes-Lattin, “More than 72,000 adolescents and young adults (ages 15 to 39) learn they have cancer each year in the United States, a number up to seven times larger than the number diagnosed under the age of 15.” For more on why The Seany Foundation is concerned about improving treatments for teens and young adults, read the full NCI Cancer Bulletin article.

Seany Friends SOMBFAB

SOMBFAB, aka “Some of my best friends are bald”, is a support group for teens battling cancer.  One of Seany’s nurses, Amy Crisman, heads the SOMBFAB group at RCHSD.  If you’re a teen with cancer, or a sibling, we highly recommend that you check out their Facebook page for upcoming events.

Our Teens: “Dying in Their Prime”

More reasons to support The Seany Foundation:

This article is from Science Magazine and charts the lower survival rates of teens diagnosed with cancer.  It also talks about Ewing’s sarcoma, the rare cancer that Sean was battling.

If you’d like a pdf version of the article, just click on the image to download the pdf.