Recently the Center for Lymphoma announced the formation of the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Lymphoma Program at Weill Cornell Medical College. The program is a collaborative effort between the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, and will be lead by Dr. Lisa Roth, a pediatric oncologist and new member of the Lymphoma Center.
Lymphoma is the most common malignancy in adolescents and young adults age 18-30y. While there has been remarkable progress in the treatment of children and older adults, improvements among adolescents and young adults have lagged behind. The reasons for this discrepancy are multifactorial, but include low enrollment in clinical trials, poor access to healthcare services, and a deficit in clinical and translational research in this area. The AYA Lymphoma Program seeks to advance the treatment of lymphoma in the AYA age group through the following missions:
1) Optimize medical care for AYA patients with lymphoma.
2) Provide psycho-social support tailored to AYA patients.
3) Lead clinical and translational studies aimed at improving outcomes in this age group.
Weill Cornell Medical College is in a unique position to treat AYA patients with lymphoma given the strengths of the Center for Lymphoma and the Division of Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Roth has been a Weill Cornell faculty member since joining the Department of Pediatrics in 2012. She is the Charles, Lillian, and Betty Neuwirth Clinical Scholar in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and has been awarded fellowships from the Lymphoma Research Foundation and the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program. Dr. Roth will work closely with a team of doctors, physician assistants, social workers, and researchers all with the common goal of improving outcomes for adolescents and young adults with lymphoma.