Vanderbilt Partners with Teen Cancer America and Musicians to Enhance Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at Children’s Hospital
May 12, 2015
Teen Cancer America, The Band Perry, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center are teaming up to enhance the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer program at Children’s Hospital.
Rock legends Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who founded Teen Cancer America in 2012. Following the success with Teenage Cancer Trust in the United Kingdom, the duo saw a need to bring the same awareness and support to the United States.
Teen Cancer America‘s goal is to help hospitals and health care professionals bridge the gap between pediatric and adult oncology care and create an environment to meet the unique needs and treatment challenges of teens and young adults with cancer.
The collaboration with Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center will be the first that The Band Perry will endorse as ambassadors of Teen Cancer America.
“We are so excited to work with Teen Cancer America and very thankful for the opportunity to enhance our Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program,” said Steven A. Webber, MBChB, MRCP, pediatrician-in-chief and James C. Overall Professor and chair for the Department of Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital. “We are passionate about creating the right environment for this patient population to better help them thrive under our care.”
Teen Cancer America will work with Scott Borinstein M.D. Ph.D., assistant professor of Pediatric Oncology and director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program at Children’s Hospital, to help strengthen and grow the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology program. The Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program, using resources of both pediatric and adult cancer specialists, is a partnership between the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt-Ingram.
“Adolescent and young adult cancer patients (defined as individuals between 15 and 40 years), have social, economic, and emotional challenges that often complicate optimal cancer care,” said Borinstein. “Vanderbilt is optimally suited to not only provide state-of- the-art, comprehensive cancer treatment, but we also have the resources to provide essential supportive care needs care for teenagers and young adults with cancer. These are special patients, and we provide an environment to best help through the most challenging experience of their lives.”
Teen Cancer America is a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to transforming the lives of teens and young adults with cancer. Modeled after Teen Cancer Trust, an organization founded by Roger Daltrey 20 years ago in the UK, Teen Cancer America partners with major cancer centers and hospitals in the United States to guide the development of specialized facilities and services to better serve and improve outcomes for young people between the ages of 13 and 25 with a cancer diagnosis.