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AYAs Tell Their Story - Roma's Story


Cancer category: Ovarian Cancers

Cancer type: None

Roma was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 21 years old. Her future dream is to become a news reporter for a Spanish news or entertainment channel and to start her own family.


Roma’s Story


How YOU Can Support the TEDMED Great Challenge: The Overlooked Cancer Cohort of Adolescents and Young Adults

The TEDMED 2012 Conference (in Washington, D.C. on April 10-13) features the Great Challenges Program, an initiative to gather professionals and innovators around the country dedicated to alleviating health and medical issues that have become deeply rooted challenges. Fifty challenges have been proposed for the Great Challenges Program and will be voted upon. The top 20 challenges chosen will be the focus of TEDMED over the next year.

TEDMED The Great Challenges Conversation: How are AYA cancer treatments different than pediatric or adult cancers?

A follow-up question to understanding the different causes of AYA cancer is to find appropriate regimens and to discover novel treatments specific for the AYA population. The five-year survival rates of AYAs diagnosed with cancer have not improved in the past two decades, and it is with the support of the TEDMED Great Challenges Program and the knowledge and expertise of health and medical professionals that we hope to see those rates improve.

TEDMED The Great Challenges Conversation: How is the cause of AYA cancers different than pediatric or adult cancers?

The TEDMED Great Challenges Program will bring the medical community closer to answering this question. AYA cancers are a focus of the “Overlooked Cancer Cohort” and AYAs are a medically underserved population whose disease requires greater research and understanding.

AYAs Tell Their Story - Ricky's Story


Cancer category: Sarcomas

Cancer type: Ewing’s Sarcoma


Cancer has not stopped Ricky from living his life or having dreams for his future. He found out that he had Ewing’s Sarcoma when he was 19 years old.


Ricky’s Story

AYAs Tell Their Story - Oscar's Story


Cancer category: Leukemias

Cancer type: Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia


Oscar was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia at the age of 25. He is an engineer who wants to pursue his Masters Degree in Structural Engineering, something he wanted to do before his cancer diagnosis.


Oscar’s Story

More Young Adults Insured After Health Reform Law Passed

Encouraging news from the US Dept of Health and Human Services. The Affordable Care Act increases rates of health insurance coverage for YOUNG ADULTS 18 to 25, with the largest gains among minorities. Below is an interview with Dr. Sommers, who discusses his findings about insurance coverage for adolescents and young adults (AYAs).


Author Insights: More Young Adults Insured After Health Reform Law Passed
Filed under: Caring for the Uninsured and Underinsured,Health Policy,Primary Care/Family Medicine,Public Health — Bridget M. Kuehn @ 3:04 pm

Study Suggests Way To Create New Eggs In Women

Scientists recently found primitive “stem cells” in the ovaries of young adult women and have successfully developed those cells into eggs. One of the implications of this finding may be that for young women who have become infertile for reasons such as chemotherapy, they may be able to overcome their oncofertility issues.

From NPR's Health Blog


Study Suggests Way To Create New Eggs In Women

By: Rob Stein

AYAs Tell Their Story - Krystle's Story


Cancer category: Thyroid Cancers

Cancer type: None


Krystle’s thyroid cancer diagnosis opened her eyes to her goals and dreams in life.  She aspires to be a high school teacher. She was diagnosed when she was 21 years old, a fourth year college student at UC Irvine.


Krystle’s Story

3-time Cancer Survivor Named to Lead Patient-Advocacy Effort

Anne Creech is a 3-time cancer survivor who is an inspirational example of someone affected by cancer who now advocates for cancer funding for services, research, and education.


3-time Cancer Survivor Named to Lead Patient-Advocacy Effort

By: Julie M. McKinnon, Blade Staff Writer


Anne Creech has survived cancer three times in three decades.