Professor recognised for contribution to cancer care for adolescents and young adults

22 March 2016

Professor Winette van der Graaf, Consultant Medical Oncologist at The Royal Marsden, has been recognised for her contribution to cancer care for adolescents and young adults in the Netherlands.

Professor van der Graaf, who is also Team Leader in Clinical and Translational Sarcoma research and Professor of Personalised Oncology at The Institute of Cancer Research, London (ICR), received the first AYA award at the third SPACE4AYA conference in Utrecht. 

AYA stands for Adolescent and Young Adult – a service for patients aged 18 to 35 diagnosed with cancer. Professor van der Graaf is the founder of AYA care in the Netherlands and received the award for her “extraordinary contribution to improve care for young adults with cancer”.

She said: “I was really touched by this totally unexpected award. I consider this as a team award for the whole AYA core team for innovative multidisciplinary care, which is being spread through the Netherlands, all in co-participation with AYA patients.”

Professor van der Graaf joined The Royal Marsden and the ICR in 2015 and plans to work on a similar concept for cancer patients aged 25 to 39.