The comprehensive adolescent and young adult cancer program at the UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center provides specialty services for the full spectrum of conditions, including:
- Blood cancers (leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma)
- Brain tumors
- Breast cancers
- Colorectal cancers
- Gynecological cancers (cervical, ovarian and uterine)
- Hepatocellular carcinoma
- Thyroid cancer
We refer our patients to specialists within UC Irvine Health as well as to our community partners for a variety of services. These include:
- Fertility counseling
- Psychological counseling
- Social services
Every year more than 70,000 U.S. teens and adults under 40 are diagnosed with cancer. It's a disease more often associated with older people, so adolescents and young adults tend to be diagnosed at a later stage, and with cancers that are often more virulent.
Yet they react very differently to standard treatments for older adults and small children.
Rare youth cancer program
The young adult cancer program at the UC Irvine Health Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of the few in the United States devoted to treating this unique patient population.
Our center's highly trained specialists not only work together to combat disease, they also address the myriad emotional and psychosocial needs of these youthful patients, who are often trying finish their education, build their careers or plan for a family.
Help on path to survivorship
We offer specialized care and services—including fertility counseling, psychological support, social services and health advocacy—at each stage of a patient's journey from diagnosis to survivorship.
The cancer center also has hosted dozens of educational and informational events for community physicians and patients in recent years to raise awareness and significantly improve medical and psychosocial outcomes for young adults with cancer.
Our cancer specialists collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of UC Irvine Health physicians to meet the medical, emotional and psychosocial needs of teens and young adults who are fighting cancer.
Working at UC Irvine Medical Center, Orange County's only university medical center, these physicians, nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals are leaders in providing comprehensive treatment and support to adolescent and young adult cancer patients.
Our team physicians include: