The country’s first dedicated AYA Cancer Unit will open in Christchurch next year. The unit will have 4 inpatient and 4 outpatient beds to cater for
12 to 24 year olds. “This is an amazing step forward for AYA services” says Louise Sue, AYA Key Worker in Canterbury. “It’s a real sign of the increasing recognition that is being given to the unique needs of young people dealing with cancer”.
The unit will be located between the hospital’s paediatric and adult cancer services and will involve the collaborative efforts of both services. The unit will cater for the recreational and social needs of young adults with hang out spaces and kitchen facilities. The inpatient rooms will accommodate a support person who can stay overnight. A key focus of the new unit will be improving clinical trial enrolment for those who are diagnosed and treated on the unit which has a proven link to improved outcomes for young people.