An Update From the Second Annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology's (SAYAO) Conference: Breaking Barriers in Acute Lymphoblasic Luekemia (ALL)

January 9, 2015 7:55 PM

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I had the fortune this past October to attend the second annual Society of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology (SAYAO) conference at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) in partnership with the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children's and SeventyK. This year, the conference, titled "Breaking Barriers in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," focused, as the name implies, specifically on all aspects of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). It looked at the impact of the illness from the macroscopic level: How many people get it? What populations is it seen in? Does how the illness presents itself in the US population differ from other countries? It also focused on how ALL is diagnosed and how new science may impact the delivery of care to those living with it.

Last year at the inaugural SAYAO conference, the program focused on a general overview of the psychosocial issues of adolescents and young adults (AYA) living with cancer. Four diseases were used as a backdrop to explain why these issues are important. SAYAO was envisioned and developed by Dr. Leona...

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