Lisa and Scott Stuart Center for Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancers

Treating Adolescent and Young Adults at MSK

This comprehensive clinical and research center is transforming the experience, care and outcomes for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

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The Stuart Center: Transforming Care for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Learn more about the mission of the Lisa and Scott Stuart Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at MSK.
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Virtual Programs
Our live, moderated, online support and educational meetings provide a confidential and cost-free environment for discussing concerns related to cancer and its treatment.
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Our Leadership Team

The Stuart Center is led by Dr. William Tap, Chief of MSK’s Sarcoma Medical Oncology Service, and Dr. Julia Glade Bender, Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics. 

Get in touch

Email [email protected] or call 646-608-8336 for questions and inquiries.  

Our Research

We want adolescents and young adults to benefit from more clinical trials testing new treatments. MSK is working to break down the age barriers for participating in studies and include a full age range when applicable. The Stuart Center will create links to make it easy to find clinical trials, and synthesize information to create standard treatment protocols.

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Michael, diagnosed with sarcoma at age 18 


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Karolina, diagnosed with sarcoma at age 26


Our Technology

Our app, The Lounge, helps you connect with your peers who have or had cancer to share experiences, get reliable answers to questions, and find the right resources for you. We also use technology to make it easier for you to keep up with appointments and stay connected with your care team.

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Life, Interrupted: When Young Adults Get Cancer

A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering event for anyone, especially for adolescents and young adults who are just getting their bearings in life. In this episode of our podcast Cancer Straight Talk, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes sits down with MSK social worker Hadley Maya to discuss the effects of a cancer diagnosis on a young person’s identity, career, relationships and more.

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Diane Reidy-Lagunes, MD, with title Life, Interrupted: When Young Adults Get Cancer.

Support for AYA at MSK

Philanthropy is essential to advancing the mission of the Lisa and Scott Stuart Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The Stuarts’ transformative gift will allow MSK doctors and scientists to advance research and care for this unique population for decades to come. Other visionary donors have helped lay the groundwork for this progress. The following donors have made significant gifts that have been instrumental in the center’s launch and early success:

  • The Kristen Ann Carr Fund
  • Cycle for Survival
  • The Friezo Family Foundation
  • JHSF/Instituto José Auriemo
  • Kevin Zoltan Merszei Foundation
  • Tom and Janet Montag 
  • Jamie Nicholls and Fran Biondi
  • Nonna’s Garden Foundation
  • Olayan Group
  • The Laura Rosenberg Foundation Inc.
  • The Sohn Conference Foundation
  • Teen Cancer America, funded and supported by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who
  • Tow Foundation