As patients at MSK, we all have one thing in common. The AYA program really catered to me. You get to meet others going through your situation. Sometimes you really need that validation, to know 'I'm different but you did it, and maybe I too can do this.'
After the first month, I received outpatient care. Kids want to sleep in their own beds at night. I missed my freshman and sophomore year of high school, but MSK sent teachers and set me up with tutors, and I graduated on time.
At MSK, it's not just about hitting the cancer with medicine. There's a well-rounded approach, and [the AYA team] is always just a phone call away.
MSK is a part of my family. They saved my life.
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.
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.
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.
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