verb. \trē-ˈäzh,ˈkansər\ the assigning of priority order to projects on the basis of where time, funds, and other resources can be best used, are most needed, or are most likely to achieve success in navigating cancer survivorship issues.
I was first introduced to Triage Cancer a few years ago at a Critical Mass: YA (young adult) Cancer Alliance conference where a speaker addressed attendees about Obamacare. It didn’t surprise me that shortly after the conference I began receiving some of the most noteworthy information about programs on cancer survivorship. These informative newsletters addressed pertinent subjects such as treatment, psychosocial issues, medical insurance eligibility, employment and education.
As anyone who has a loved one that has survived cancer can attest, typical developmental events or life span milestones don’t necessarily mesh with post treatment effects. There are unknown or unanswerable questions of whether your son or daughter will gainfully employed and medically insured. I have found their many resources most helpful. In addition, I have frequently “forwarded” their emails to friends in similar situations.
Triage Cancer’s programs strive to address important and challenging issues. As its website states Triage Cancer
“. . . brings the experts to you, and provide tailored made presentations. They collaborate with cancer community partners, healthcare professionals, and other experts to connect people to relevant, practical, and personal information on cancer survivorship issues, such as access to healthcare., treatment options, psychosocial care, survivorship care planning, and practical issues that arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis.”
Triage Cancer’s programs are arranged into three main categories: National Speakers’ Bureau, Educational Events and Online Tools and Resources. If you are like me, a parent and advocate of Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult (PAYA) cancer survivors then consider visiting Triage Cancer at www.triagecancer.org and learn about their services.
The Steven G AYA Cancer Research Fund