Advancing cancer care for 12-24 year olds

Age Appropriate Environments

 

 

Fact

“Dedicated AYA cancer treatment areas may not be feasible in cancer services that treat low numbers of AYA cancer patients per annum. However services can still achieve age appropriate environments through simple measures such as collocating AYA patients where possible, providing access to age appropriate recreational resources and information, and providing some flexibility in the structure of care. This can increase AYA engagement, promote feelings of normality, reduce patients’’ sense of being in a hospital setting, provide enjoyment, assist with apathy and depression, promote social interaction and encourage patients to have higher expectations of their treatment period.”

 

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