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Okayama University Newly established “Pediatric and AYA Cancer Center” at Okayama University Hospital

National University Corporation Okayama University
[Okayama University] Newly established “Pediatric and AYA Cancer Center” at Okayama University Hospital
March 29, 2024 (Reiwa 6) National University Corporation Okayama University
[Image 1:×1104.jpg] On April 1, 2024, the Pediatric and AYA generation (0 to 39 years old) will receive seamless comprehensive medical treatment and support for patients with hematological and oncological diseases from childhood to adulthood. AYA Cancer Center will be newly established at Okayama University Hospital.
The center provides advanced medical treatment and support to pediatric and AYA cancer patients in a comprehensive manner that goes beyond the boundaries of clinical departments, creating an environment where patients and their families can receive appropriate treatment and support with peace of mind. At the same time, we aim to improve education and research based on team medical care for children and AYA cancer, promote patient and citizen participation, and enhance and develop collaboration with local medical institutions.

Pediatric cancer refers to cancer that develops between the ages of 0 and 15, and AYA cancer refers to cancer that develops in the AYA (Adolescents and Young adults = 16 to 39 years old) generation. There are tumors unique to each generation, and we treat them in a wide variety of medical departments, including pediatrics,
hematology/oncology, and surgery.
The overall prognosis for childhood cancer has improved significantly in recent years, and long-term survival is now possible for about 80% of patients. On the other hand, there is a high risk of developing various complications due to the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy during childhood, and long-term follow-up is required even after childhood cancer has been cured. In order to receive treatment, it is important to have “transitional care” that seamlessly connects the pediatric department to the adult department. In addition, from childhood to the AYA generation, children become independent from their parents, and the center of their lives shifts from home and school to society, a major turning point. Being diagnosed with cancer at a time like this has a variety of physical and mental effects. Because the frequency of tumors is lower compared to cancers that occur in older generations, there are various problems unique to childhood and AYA cancer, such as a lack of information and lack of interaction with other patients. . At Okayama University Hospital of National University Corporation Okayama University (Headquarters: Kita-ku, Okayama City, President: Yasutomo Nasu), pediatric cancer has been handled by the pediatrics department and pediatric surgery department, and AYA generation cancer has been handled by the adult cancer department. As a cross-disciplinary framework, the “Oncology Center” oversees all cancer medical care, the “Palliative Care Center” handles palliative medicine, and the “Reproduction Center” handles cancer reproductive medicine. We have built a support system for patients. However, the reality is that solving problems such as transitional medical care from children to adults and education and employment support for long-term high school patients has depended on the efforts of each department.
The opening of the Pediatric and AYA Cancer Comprehensive Center will centralize support for these unique issues faced by children and AYA cancer patients, and provide one-stop support beyond the boundaries of clinical departments, thereby further improving the lives of children and AYA cancer patients. We aim to improve medical care.
The center works mainly with the main medical departments such as pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology, but also with
cooperating medical departments, and works with doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, medical social workers, certified genetic counselors, clinical psychologists, and certified medical
psychologists. We will provide team medical care with psychologists, registered dietitians, dental hygienists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, etc., and will also receive cooperation from other in-hospital and external equipment as necessary. .
[“Pediatric/AYA Cancer Center” management structure]《Main clinical departments》 Pediatrics, Pediatrics/Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Hematology/Oncology, Gastroenterology, Respiratory/Allergy Medicine, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Liver/Biliary/Pancreatic Surgery,
Respiratory Surgery, Breast/Endocrine Surgery, Urology, Orthopedics. Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Genetics Department (Cooperating Departments, etc.)
Anesthesiology and resuscitation department, emergency department, radiology, pathological diagnosis department, palliative and supportive care department, psychiatry and neurology, plastic surgery, pediatric psychosomatic medicine department, pediatric dentistry, dentistry, oral surgery, medical support dental treatment department, special needs department dental center
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[Image 3:×807.jpg] ◆Reference: Okayama University Hospital
・Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pediatric Medicine
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◆Contact information for this matter
Koichi Tsukahara, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University Okayama University Shikata Campus, 2-5-1 Shikata-cho, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture 700-8558 TEL: 086-235-7249 FAX: 086-221-4745
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