AYA clinical practice guidance

As part of the Youth Cancer Networks Program a number of best practice guidelines and tools have been developed for health professionals who work with adolescents and young adult (AYA) patients. The Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) was contracted to develop guidance for health professionals working with AYAs in relation to psychosocial management, early detection and fertility preservation. The guidance has been published on COSA's Wiki platform, to enable broad access and ongoing review and updating.

This guidance has been developed for health professionals involved in the management of adolescents and young adults (AYA) diagnosed with cancer.
This guidance aims to:

  • Provide succinct information regarding the age-based psychosocial needs of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer
  • Provide information about how to meet these needs in adult and/or paediatric treatment settings
  • Make consensus-based recommendations regarding best practice psychosocial management of AYA cancer patients.

The guidance is available at: http://wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/COSA:Psychosocial_management_of_AYA_cancer_patients

This guidance has been developed for health professionals involved in the management of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) diagnosed with cancer. This guidance is intended to help general practitioners (GPs) and other primary health care providers in Australia:

  • Recognise symptoms and signs that could be caused by cancer in their AYA patients
  • Make decisions about appropriate investigations
  • Make a timely and appropriate referral of AYAs with suspected cancer.

The guidance is available at: http://wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/COSA:Early_detection_of_cancer_in_AYAs

The guidance provides evidence-based recommendations and ‘good practice points’ to assist health professionals in effectively and fully discussing with their AYA patients and their families:

  • The potential risk of cancer treatments to fertility
  • Fertility preservation options for AYAs diagnosed with cancer
  • Potential late effects and the need for assessment and monitoring of reproductive, sexual and endocrine health after cancer treatment ends.

The guidance is available at: http://wiki.cancer.org.au/australia/COSA:AYA_cancer_fertility_preservation

COSA and the Cancer Institute NSW (CINSW) are also collaborating to develop AYA cancer protocols and point-of-care information, which will be available on the eviQ Cancer Treatments Online website.