Monday 26th November 2018

South West

AYA Global AccordThe third annual Congress will bring together close to 400 delegates from the UK, USA and Australia to showcase the latest developments in AYA cancer and Lorraine will be going to represent Teenage Cancer Trust! 
Our life-changing care and support for young people before, during and after cancer provides young people with an opportunity to build their self-esteem and meet others living through the same experience. Lorraine and the rest of the delegates representing Teenage Cancer Trust will be joining partners from Global Accord at the Congress in December 2018, where we will encourage improvements and innovation by showcasing the latest developments in AYA cancer. We are committed to find solutions to the unique challenges and barriers that we face as professionals so that we can deliver game-changing cancer support to young people with cancer.
Lorraine’s post is adopted by the Teenage Cancer Trust, she works in an outreach role locally in a designated hospital in the South West of England. She works with young people diagnosed with cancer aged 16-25 years and their network ‘those close to them’. Supporting them through diagnosis, treatment, end of treatment and up to 2 years post treatment, providing health and well-being clinics during and after treatment, health needs assessments, 1:1 support, signposting and benefits advice. Teenagers and young adults treated locally without a dedicated TYA unit, outside a Principal Treatment Centre, are unlikely to meet other young people of a similar age. Lorraine joins with a CLIC Sargent Social Worker to ensure peer support groups are offered to young people every 6 weeks and she is presenting an evaluation of this via a poster at congress.
The theme of the 2018 Congress is ‘Navigating the Road Through AYA Cancer’, emphasising the importance of addressing all aspects of AYA cancer from prevention and diagnosis, through acute treatment to survivorship, palliative care and rehabilitation. Reflecting this, the daily themes will be ‘Life Before Cancer’, ‘Life With Cancer’, and ‘Life Beyond Cancer’.
This event will be hosted by CanTeen Australia on behalf of the Global Accord, which has been set up as a collaboration between three charitable organisations - Teenage Cancer Trust, Teen Cancer America, and CanTeen Australia - for the purpose of creating a truly global approach to this conference series.
The 2018 AYA Global Congress will be a dynamic event where healthcare professionals, policy makers, researchers and consumers from across the globe will come together to showcase and discuss the latest developments in AYA Cancer.

Lorraine is looking forward to representing Teenage Cancer Trust and The Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust at this important event. We wish her the best of luck!