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B. Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients

Narrator: This is Science Today. The majority of cancer patients seen at pediatric centers are under 15 years of age and more than 90 percent of all patients seen by oncologists at adult hospitals are over 40 years of age. Each year however, 70,000 Americans between ages 15 and 40 are diagnosed with cancer. Dr. Leonard Sender, director of clinical oncology services at the University of California, Irvine 's Comprehensive Cancer Center , says because of these statistics, these patients have not had optimal therapy.

Sender: So one of my passions and interests and now the university's interests, is how we can treat these people. Usually we've done a tremendous job of how we treated our young patients zero to fourteen that classic pediatric cancer patient, who had a very unique type of cancer versus the adult patient who gets the more well-known types of cancers like prostate, colon cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer.

Narrator: Caught in the middle are adolescents and young adults.

Sender: Because this group of people do not get adequate care.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.