Moffitt Cancer Center to Open New Lounge for Adolescent and Young Adult Patients

April 09, 2015

WHO:  Moffitt Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center based in Florida.

WHAT: Moffitt will host a grand opening for its new Swim Across America Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Lounge. The lounge, the first of its kind in Florida and third in the United States, is built specifically for AYA patients, those ages 18-39. It will give Moffitt’s younger patient base a place to interact with one another by playing video games, watching movies, access to  relevant cancer resources or simply hanging out. The architecture, interior design and overall feel of the lounge has stemmed from input from our young adult patients and in collaboration with Teen Cancer America, which has designed AYA spaces in the United Kingdom, as well as the U.S.

According to Moffitt’s Adolescent and Young Adult Program, the cancer center treats more than 100 young adult patients every day. This group can often feel isolated because, while they are too old for a pediatric cancer center, they are younger than most patients in an adult cancer center. AYA patients are not alone, yet they often do not cross paths with other young cancer patients with whom they can relate to or share similar experiences with. The new AYA lounge will give these patients a central meeting place to be among their peers and also relax in a non- traditional hospital setting.

The lounge was made possible by funding from Swim Across America. The organization hosts swim events across the country to raise money for cancer research and prevention. Their Tampa Bay swim will be held May 30 at Clearwater Beach.

WHEN:          Thursday, April 30, 2 p.m.

WHERE:       Moffitt Cancer Center, Fourth Floor, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Fla., 33612

CONTACT:  For more information or to RSVP for the grand opening, please contact Olivia Fridgen at Olivia.Fridgen@Moffitt.org or 813-745-4736.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

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