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404P - Adolescent & young adult cancers (AYA): Experience from a large rural teaching hospital in South India


03 Dec 2022


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Cancer in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)

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Vishwapriya Godkhindi


Annals of Oncology (2022) 33 (suppl_9): S1598-S1618. 10.1016/annonc/annonc1135


V.M. Godkhindi1, S. Mailankody2, K.S. Udupa3, A. Pai2, R. Kudva1, G. V1, K. Pai1, M. Mathew1, S. PS1, S. Sharma1, B.M. Singh1, D. Nayak1, C. Babu K Udupa1, D. HC1

Author affiliations

  • 1 Pathology, KMC - Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, 576104 - Manipal/IN
  • 2 Medical Oncology, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital - Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Center, 576104 - Manipal/IN
  • 3 Medical Oncology, KMC - Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, 576104 - Manipal/IN

Abstract 404P


Cancers in AYA is being recognized as a disenfranchised niche field with its own unique epidemiology, cancer biology, risk factors, treatment implications & the massive socio-economic impact it bears on this most economically productive age-group. There is a paucity of well-collated published data from developing countries. Our study has tried to compile & analyze the pattern of AYA cancers from a large rural tertiary care teaching-hospital in South India & compare it to the published national data.


We compiled & analyzed the burden of AYA cancers in terms of demographic & site distribution, proportion, histopathologic diagnosis & other parameters over Jan.2019 to Dec.2022 from the medical records of large rural tertiary care teaching-hospital in South India. We compared our data on AYA cancers vis-à-vis the published national statistics.


A total of 7973 patients were diagnosed with cancer between Jan.2019 to Dec.2022, 983(12.3%) occurred in AYA. 544(55.3%) were females. 104(10.6%), 126(12.9%), 153(15.5%), 226(23%) & 374(38.0%) occurred in the 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34 & 35-39 age groups respectively. The most common cancer overall was hematolymphoid malignancy(201, 20.4%), followed by thyroid(188, 19.12%). The most common hematolymphoid malignancy is acute leukaemia followed by non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The most common thyroid neoplasm was papillary thyroid carcinoma. Other common malignancies included Breast(113, 11.5%), Oral cavity(79, 8%), Central nervous system(65, 6.6%) & lower gastrointestinal tract(48, 4.9%).


AYA cancers deserve organizational support, multicenter collaboration, & resource-appropriate treatment adaptations with dedicated survivorship clinics. Mapping the epidemiology of AYA cancers will help improve surveillance, further focussed research & collaboration, guide resource allocation and national health policies, thus ultimately improve survival.

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Editorial acknowledgement

Legal entity responsible for the study

Dr. Vishwapriya Mahadev Godkhindi.


Has not received any funding.


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.

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