THE 2nd GLOBAL ADOLESCENT & YOUNG ADULT CANCER CONGRESS

Teen Cancer America

THE 2nd GLOBAL ADOLESCENT & YOUNG ADULT CANCER CONGRESS

MAKES U.S. DEBUT IN ATLANTA, DEC. 5-7

Hosted by Teen Cancer America, International Conference

Expects Over 400 Delegates from More Than 20 Countries

LOS ANGELES (April 11, 2017) – The 2nd Global Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Congress will be held December 5-7, 2017 in Atlanta. Hosted for the first time by Teen Cancer America (TCA) on behalf of the new AYA Global Accord, the event marks a historic moment in the recognition of the AYA cancer specialty in the U.S.  Following the success of the 1st Global AYA Cancer Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2016, the Atlanta Congress will see TCA working with Global Accord partners Teenage Cancer Trust (UK) and CanTeen Australia to bring together healthcare professionals from around the world. The Global Accord partners are three charities dedicated to improving the outcomes and survival of young people with cancer. In hosting the Atlanta Congress, TCA will work in association with Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance, representing the U.S. adolescent and young adult cancer community.

This year’s event is produced and coordinated by TCA, the U.S. non-profit organization founded by Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who, which provides awareness and funding resources critical to the development of specialized care for teenagers and young adults with cancer across the country.

“The opportunity to have the best and the brightest from around the world come to the U.S. and share knowledge about how we can better serve this patient population is a milestone for Teen Cancer America,” said Daltrey. “We’ve been successful in our fundraising efforts, and in opening teen cancer treatment units in hospitals around the country, but hosting this Global Congress is one of the most important things we’ve ever done, and I look forward to seeing everyone there.”

In Atlanta, medical and allied health professionals alike will be able to expand their global network of resources and learn about the latest worldwide advances in AYA cancer services, ranging from breakthrough research in genetics and immunotherapy to the role of communication and collaboration in improving outcomes and survivorship. Expert presentations will be made by cancer care professionals from around the world including Russia, China, India, Australia, El Salvador, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Canada and the U.S.  Teen Cancer America expects the Congress to attract over 400 delegates from more than 20 countries, helping to shine a spotlight on this emerging field of work.

“Teen Cancer America is proud and excited to be hosting the Global AYA Cancer Congress for the first time here in the U.S.,” said Simon Davies, TCA Executive Director. “Health care experts around the world agree that collaboration, shared resources and an international platform for education in this specialized field of care are essential to provide the best possible solutions for young people fighting cancer.”

Since launching in the U.S. in 2012, TCA has projects underway or in development with world-class cancer centers such as Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (a presenting sponsor of the Congress), UCLA, Stanford, Memorial Sloan Kettering (New York), Dana-Farber (Harvard), Yale, University of Chicago, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Moffitt (Tampa), Vanderbilt and Baylor. Partnerships with more than 50 hospitals around the country are in various stages of planning, including Duke Cancer Institute and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) accreditation will be available for conference attendees. The Congress is also receiving abstract submissions through September 1. For the Call for Abstracts and to register, visit: www.ayaglobalcancercongress.com.

For additional information about the 2nd Global Adolescent & AYA Cancer Congress, please email info@ayaglobalcancercongress.com. To receive updates as the programs for the 2017 Conference and AYA Congress progress, please visit: http://www.ayaglobalcancercongress.com/Programme_AYA_Global_Congress.html.  

About Teen Cancer America

Teen Cancer America helps hospitals and healthcare professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care by supporting hospitals and outpatient facilities in the development of specialized units for this age group. TCA brings together physicians and allied healthcare professionals in both pediatric and adult oncology. Age targeted care for this population is necessary for medical and appropriate psychosocial development. Outcomes associated with some cancers that target this age group have not improved in over 30 years. Teens and young adults with cancer are long overdue for an upgrade and TCA can hopefully light the fire in America’s health systems. For more information about TCA, contact Michelle Aland michelle@teencanceramerica.org or visit www.teencanceramerica.org.

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