On Sunday, April 4, 2004, The Group Room® aired a special broadcast on young adults with cancer. The broadcast was held in association with OncoLink, the award winning cancer information resource on the World Wide Web from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and with the University of California, Irvine.
"Even as a long term young adult cancer survivor, I am well aware that my experience altered my life course and has remained the driving force of my career over the last 21 years. Young adults still get lost in the system or are delayed in diagnosis, as cancers are less common and even harder to detect in this age group. And while Vital Options' projects are no longer limited to young adults, we remain committed to their needs and the expanding efforts of its advocacy movement," said Schimmel, CEO of Vital Options and host of The Group Room.
According to Dr. James Metz, Editor-in-Chief of OncoLink, and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, "We were excited to participate in the second annual National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week with Vital Options. This unique collaboration between radio and the Internet continues to empower patients who are searching for important information not only about their disease, but ultimately survivorship issues that last a lifetime."
Joining Selma Schimmel, were The Group Room therapist Halina Irving, MA, MS, MFCC, Leonard Sender, MD, Medical Director of Clinical Oncology Services at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCI Medical Center and Bradley J. Monk, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, at UCI Medical Center. "The young adult cancer patient often presents with different types of disease, different types of biology and complex psychosocial issues that are beyond the education and interests of the majority of adult oncologists. These patients however present a dilemma to the pediatric oncologist who is disadvantaged by not having the psychosocial support systems in place to provide quality care. Patients are disadvantaged by not having clinical studies available to them. Our goal is to focus all our attention on these patients," says Dr. Leonard Sender clinical professor of medicine and medical director of clinical oncology services for UCI's Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
View the Young Adults with Cancer Webcast from Sunday, April 4, 2004 at 1:00PM PST.
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