GettyImages-932533514-hero

Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program

A partnership of the MACC Fund Center at Children's Wisconsin and the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, the AYA Cancer Program mission is to contribute to improved survival rates and quality of life across the cancer care continuum for AYA cancer survivors in Wisconsin, and throughout the region, with the development of an AYA Cancer Program of Excellence.

AYA Program Canoe Trip
AYA logo-fnl

chwmaccfundcenterlogo



F&MCW Logo
cancercenterbwlogohires

AYA Program Objectives

Clinical

Our AYA cancer program will provide you quality and supportive care resources from diagnosis through survivorship, with focus on:

  • Clinical trial education;
  • Fertility preservation counseling;
  • Health insurance/financial counseling;
  • Psychosocial support and spiritual care;
  • Transition to survivorship services

Education

Provide AYA education to all healthcare professionals.

Research

Build a strong, interdisciplinary AYA Research Program and improve access to clinical trials for AYA patients.

Community Outreach & Collaboration

Serve as an AYA Cancer Center of Excellence for southeastern Wisconsin, the state, the region and beyond and support the AYA cancer community by partnering with local, regional, and national organizations and programs to support AYAs, including activities like the Young Adult Oncology Group (YAOG).

Download the AYA Resource Book

Additional Resources and Information

AYA cancer survivors
all
Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Fertility Preservation & Sexual Health Educational Resources

AYA Education Modules

  • Froedtert Hospital Learning Center
    • Login and search for these modules:
      • Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Care Awareness: A Unique Population (EDS1600753)
      • Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Considerations in Cancer Treatment (EDS1700044)
      • Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Practical and Emotional Needs (EDS1700045)
  • Children’s University
    • Login and search for these modules:
      • Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Care Awareness: A Unique Population (GNED60549)
      • Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Considerations in Cancer Treatment (GNED60551)
      • Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Practical and Emotional Needs (GNED60550)

Download the AYA Resource Book

AYA Cancer Research
AYA ProgramCurrent AYA Cancer Supportive Care Trials at Children’s Wisconsin and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin:
  1. Fatigue in Young Adults with Cancer: Step-up Intervention for Self-Management of Fatigue in Young Adults Receiving Chemotherapy (NIH P20 Exploratory grant P20NRO15339; PI: Jeanne Erickson, PhD & Co-Is: Drs. Ann Swartz, Melinda Stolley, John Charlson, Kristin Bingen).

The goal of this study is to evaluate a 12-week physical activity intervention to improve self-management of fatigue in AYAs receiving chemotherapy. The intervention will include components of education, negotiated collaboration to set individual physical activity goals during chemotherapy cycles, and tools for self-monitoring physical activity. Open at Children's and Froedtert.

Visit the Children's Wisconsin website to view all cancer clinical trials at Children's Wisconsin.

Visit the Froedtert website to view all cancer clinical trials at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Presentations and Publications
  • Bingen, K., Hoag, J., & Karst, J. (2017, Feb.). Development of an adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer program: Meeting the needs of a vulnerable age group from diagnosis through transition to survivorship. Symposium presentation, Advances in clinical care models for transitioning adolescent/young adult patients with cancer, at the 14th annual American Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference in Orlando, Florida.
  • Erickson, J.M., Bingen, K., & Charlson, J. (2017, April). Physical activity preferences and needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer during chemotherapy. Poster session at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
  • Jemison, L., Erlitz, T., Myers, K., Bingen K., & Charlson, J. (2017, May). Developing an adolescent and young adult cancer pilot program: A multidisciplinary collaboration between a pediatric and adult cancer program. Poster session presented at the Oncology Nursing Society Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Young Adult Oncology Group YAOG Events

Please contact us for more details and to register for these events. 

Current events

To stay up to date on in-person & virtual social activity opportunities, consider joining the Facebook Young Adult Oncology Group or join our mailing group by contacting aya@mcw.edu.

  • No current events listed at this time.

Past Events

2020 Events

Due to COVID-19, the AYA Cancer Program & Young Adult Oncology Group did not offer in-person social activities or events. There are many organizations that hosted AYA virtual social activities, including:

2019 Events

  • Admirals Hockey Game on January 22 2019
  • Snowshoeing at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center on February 2 2019
  • Sarcoma Conference - April 6, 2019 at Boerner Botanical Gardens
  • Midwest Young Adult Cancer Conference - April 27, 2019 in Madison, WI
  • Indoor Rock Climbing - May 18, 2019, 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Adventure Rock Milwaukee  
  • Tailgate & Brewer’s Game - June 25, 2019 at Miller Park
Biannual AYA Survivorship Conference

There are currently no upcoming events.

Past Conferences

2020

  • October 16, 2020 we held our virtual 2020 Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Conference: 21st Century Survivorship: Linking innovative technology to survivorship care.

2018

  • On October 12, 2018 we held our first biannual Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Conference: My Patient Had Cancer, Now What? This was a collaboration between primary care providers and the cancer center. Going forward, it will be held every other year.

Learn More

Contact Us

National Cancer Institute