Each year 70,000 people aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone and for over two decades the survival rates for adolescent and young adult cancer patients has plateaued. SeventyK is fighting to change that.
Orange, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2011
SeventyK has launched the first wellness network for adolescent and young adult cancer patients (AYAs) and their healthcare professionals.
“Each year 70,000 people aged 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer in the United States alone and for over two decades the survival rates for adolescent and young adult cancer patients has plateaued. SeventyK is fighting to change that.”, says Dr. Leonard Sender, Founder of SeventyK and Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program in the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s Hospital, and UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
SeventyK aims to better health outcomes for people with adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancers by launching the first AYA wellness network, designed to serve as a support tool for patients, but also as a place for healthcare professionals to share best practices in treating AYA cancers.
Dr. Sender, known as “Lennie” by his patients, has an unflagging passion to improve survival rates for this under-served cancer segment. As tech savvy as they come, he is never out of touch with his patients or their treating physicians. “We have to be ready to meet the needs of our patients 24/7. AYA cancers don’t respect a normal work week, or holiday.”
Cancer’s impact on an average teen can be devastating. “I was a 15 year-old competitive swimmer with Olympic dreams when I was diagnosed with a sarcoma that required my leg to be amputated.”, says Jenee Areeckal. “I was devastated at first, then had two recurrences. Those experiences inspired me to give back and do all I could for other cancer teens like me.
I met Lennie when I spoke at CHOC Survivors Day in 2000. Earning my Masters in Social Work five years later, we were reunited once again at CHOC in 2006. I was hired to join the oncology team.” Two years into her dream job, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Did the second cancer diagnosis cause her to doubt her career choice? “It tripled my determination,” she said.
Still an inspired athlete, Areeckal started a tennis clinic for other CHOC patients who have lost limbs or are wheelchair bound; encouraging them to achieve as much as possible. She has teamed up with Dr. Sender and SeventyK as an AYA double survivor healthcare professional.
How is SeventyK going to better the survival rates of AYA cancers when twenty years of cancer research has failed to do so?
The SeventyK Wellness Network provides open collaboration between key healthcare professionals who can create profiles and share best practices via blogs and Tips 4 Life. “Basic education and the sharing of experience is critical.”, says Sender, “There are very few healthcare professionals focusing on AYA cancers.”
According to Areeckal, “The Tips 4 Life are vetted before being published and are searchable by many types of criteria. As a patient, Tips 4 Life can let you know what people just like you did yesterday to walk through the minefield you’re about to enter.”
Sender adds, “For healthcare professionals, Tips 4 Life enable us to share the things that have worked in our practices, in an open and democratic forum. The goal is better health outcomes for adolescent and young adult cancer patients – forever.”
Find the SeventyK Wellness Network at https://www.mybridge4life.com/seventyk
About Leonard Sender, MD
Leonard Sender, MD, is board certified both in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology with professional interests strongly centered on the diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer (patients aged 15 to 39). Dr. Sender is Medical Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program in the Hyundai Cancer Institute at Children’s Hospital of Orange Co., and UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.
About Jenee Areeckal, MSW
Jenee Areeckal earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California and is pursuing her dream working at CHOC Children's. She is one of three pediatric oncology social workers. Working with the Cancer Institute’s bone and soft tissue sarcoma, solid tumor, histiocytosis patients, and late effects clinic for survivors, she is committed to providing patients and their caregivers the support they need during their most vulnerable times. She also started an annual wheelchair tennis clinic in conjunction with Biola University.
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