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Recenti Prog Med. 2013 Jan;104(1):10-6. doi: 10.1701/1226.13589.

[Adolescents with cancer: the "Youth Project" at the Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan].

[Article in Italian]

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  • 1Struttura Complessa di Oncologia Pediatrica, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milano.

Abstract

Adolescents with cancer are a particular group of patients who are less likely to gain access to optimal cancer services at comprehensive cancer Centers: many studies suggest adolescents fare less well than children with the same disease. The paper describes the key issues of the "Youth Project" of the Pediatric Oncology Unit IRCCS Fondazione Istituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan, dedicated to adolescents (over 15 years old) and young adults (up to 25 years old) with solid tumors. This project is a possible clinical and organizational model to address the unique needs of patients in this age group and for bridge the gap in access to care and in recruitment in clinical trials, in clinical and psycho-social management and in curves of healing. The paper also describes the activity of the Adolescent Commission established by the Italian Pediatric Hematology Oncology (AIEOP).

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