1410P - Adolescent and young adult cancer patient (AYAs) participation as driver of a new "AYA proof" cancer care concept

Date 28 September 2014
Event ESMO 2014
Session Poster Display session
Topics Cancer in Adolescents
Cancer in Young Adults
Presenter Suzanne Kaal
Citation Annals of Oncology (2014) 25 (suppl_4): iv486-iv493. 10.1093/annonc/mdu353
Authors S.E.J. Kaal1, E. Manten-Horst1, R. Jansen1, M. Witte2, A. Broekhuizen Van2, R. Bexkens2, J. Boland2, J.B. Prins3, L.J.L.P.G. Engelen4, P. Servaes3, L. Bogemann3, W.J.F.M. van der Velden5, I. Hendriks5, H.W.B. Schreuder6, I.C.M. van der Geest6, J.P.M. Sedelaar7, C.C.M. Beerendonk8, J.J. Bonenkamp9, M. Dronkers2, W.T.A. van der Graaf1
  • 1Medical Oncology, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 2Aya Taskforce, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 3Medical Psychology, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 4Reshape Innovation Center, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 5Hematology, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 6Orthopaedic Surgery, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 7Urology, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 8Gynaecology, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL
  • 9Surgical Oncology, Radboud university medical center, 6500 HB - Nijmegen/NL

Abstract

Aim

Every year 2200 new patients are diagnosed with cancer at AYA age (18-35 years) in the Netherlands. Until 2008 no specific health care organization existed for AYAs in the Netherlands, whereas they expressed their wish to get more attention for their age-specific needs. This led to an initiative in the Radboud university medical center, called the AYA Expertise Platform in which complementary input and initiatives of both patients and caregivers is crucial.

Methods

At start in 2008, we asked input from the Dutch Patient Foundation ‘Young and Cancer’, and later also from individual patients in building a digital AYA community in 2010. In 2012 a so-called AYA taskforce was installed in which AYAs and professional caregivers from adult medical disciplines meet each other 4 times a year and work in small dream teams toward solutions of topics which are prioritized by the patients.

Results

Based on the first sessions we made a clinical hang-out spot for AYAs and appointed a specialized AYA nurse who started an outpatient clinic dedicated to age specific care. Patients visit this clinic with questions about education, work, coping with cancer, relations, fertility, financial issues etc. They are subsequently discussed within a multidisciplinary group consisting of this nurse, medical oncologist, social worker and psychologist. The tumor related follow-up is continued by their own oncologists. In 2010 an AYA driven digital community ‘AYA4’ was built in which patients are linked together in a protected way. AYAs express their feelings, help each other and organize activities where they can meet each other. Currently 105 AYAs are member of the community. Finally, the AYA taskforce generated a list of topics which were prioritized by the patients: food, fertility, spirituality and end of life issues.

Conclusions

In our hospital AYAs, together with health care professionals, are gradually building their own AYA Expertise Platform to be used during and after treatment. Patients are in the lead in co-creating their own care together with their health care professionals of the hospital wide AYA team, which process is efficient and appealing to all. Currently, the concept is being extended to a national AYA platform.

Disclosure

All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.