AYA - Care for Young Adults with Cancer
AYA’s (Adolescents & Young Adults)
Every year, approximately 3800 young adults between the age of 18 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer. That turns your entire life upside down, even though these are supposed to be your best years. You are confronted with an all-encompassing illness.
As a young adult with cancer, you may face specific questions related to your age or situation. You may have normal questions in an abnormal situation. At the NKI, the AYA care team is available for you and any questions you may have. These questions could be about all sorts of topics. The NKI AYA care uses the "Me and my..." age-specific topics. Find out more about these topics at the care network for young adults with cancer, the AYA-Zorgnetwerk.
The AYA care network website also has a questionnaire available in Dutch that you can use to figure out what you're struggling with and how to formulate your questions. You can bring this questionnaire to the hospital.
Some of the questions you can expect to find on the questionnaire are:
- Can I still play sports?
- How should I start a relationship?
- Can I continue my work or education afterward?
- How should I tell my children, friends, and other people in my life?
- Do I need to cryobank egg or sperm cells to be able to have children later in life?
- How to deal with intimacy and sexuality?
- Can you keep your (student) housing or do you need to move back into your parents' house?
- How to continue life after treatment?
- How do handle the emotions and feelings of my loved ones?