The NCCP Children Adolescent and Young Adult (CAYA) Cancer Programme

The National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) “A Framework for the care and Support of Adolescent and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer in Ireland 2021 to 2026” was launched in May 2022. The framework sets out the vision and strategic aspirations for the care and support of AYAs aged 16-24 years old, with cancer, in Ireland.

The aim is to achieve accessible and equitable access to AYA cancer care across Ireland that is developmentally appropriate for all AYAs diagnosed with cancer, resulting in better outcomes and improved quality of life.

Highlight of achievements to date

A dedicated AYA Cancer Service Network (AYACSN) made up of four designated cancer centres has been designed. These hospitals are

  • o Children’s Health Ireland Crumlin,
  • o St James’s University Hospital, Dublin,
  • o Cork University Hospital, Cork
  • o University Hospital Galway, Galway

 AYA Cancer Unit Clinical Leads have been appointed in all three AYA Cancer Units.

Launch of the following NCCP CAYA Reports:

Launch of the Model of Care for Psycho-Oncology Services

NCCP have successfully obtained funding via the HSE National Service Plan for CAYA positions nationwide.