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Filmology: NML Medical Movie Nights: The Fault in Our Stars

This guide provides information and links to additional resources for films screened as part of the Filmology - NML Medical Movie Nights series.

Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA)

Adolescents and young adults (AYA) diagnosed with cancer have been defined as a population to be in the age range 15 through 39. This broad age span creates special challenges in the care and treatment of AYA patients. This guide provides general background resources about the AYA population, as well as resources that touch upon some of these challenges; i.e. inclusion in clinical trials, models of care, psychosocial needs, survivorship issues, & fertility preservation.  Some resources may require USC login.

The Fault in Our Stars


  Thursday, October 8, 2015 : 5:30 - 9pm

    USC Health Science Campus

   Aresty Auditorium @ Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower (NRT)

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                   Free pizza, cookies, & bottled water

                            Discussion to follow

Runtime: 125 min.                                                       

Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.  The Fault in Our Stars. 

Free admission -  Click here to RSVP.

RSVPs are required however do not guarantee a seat.

All Filmology events are OVERBOOKED to maximize seating capacity in the theater. 

The RSVP list will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full.  Once the theater has reached capacity we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.

Evening Agenda

5:30-5:55pm   Doors Open / Pizza Served

5:55-6:05pm   Welcome / Bios

6:05-8:10pm   Film Screening (125 min)

8:10-8:20pm   Short Q&A

8:20-9:00pm   Moderated Discussion

Facts about cancer in AYA

Unique needs for AYA patients


Below you will find links to some of the more well known Pediatric Oncology journals.  This list is not exhaustive.

The Fault in Our Stars - Trailer


Rima  Jubran, MD, MPH, MACM
Dr. Jubran is medical director of the Retinoblastoma Program in the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where she cares for children with retinoblastoma, histiocytic disorders, central nervous system tumors, and neuroblastoma.  Dr. Jubran also serves on the study committees of several retinoblastoma studies.  In her role as Director of Graduate Medical education she oversees and supports the learning and working environments for all ACGME-accredited programs at CHLA.  Click here for full bio.

Marisa Perdomo Web Photo 2012

Marisa Perdomo, PT, DPT, MS,CLT, CCES  

Dr. Perdomo is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California and has over 30 years of clinical practice focusing on orthopedic, oncologic, lymphatic dysfunctions and integrated health. She is a survivor of both Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer. Her personal experience with long-term survivor physical impairments and life-long practice of optimizing function fuels her passion for creating integrative rehabilitation interventions. At USC she developed a physical therapy practice for cancer survivors as well as curricular content regarding the management of oncological related impairments. Click here for full bio.



Dr. Caryn Roach, OTD, OTRL

Caryn Roach is an occupational therapist at Keck Medical Center of USC and City of Hope, with a primary interest in the oncology population. She works closely with the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at USC (AYA@USC) to bring services to this unique population. Dr. Roach’s interest in this population developed after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Her personal experience with battling cancer, as well as input from cancer survivors that she has met along her journey, has helped guide her work as a clinician and build strong connections with her patients and their families.   Click here for full bio.

Deborah Morgan, MSN, RN, OCN

Debbie Morgan is a Master's prepared, Oncology-certified nurse. Debbie currently works as a Nurse Navigator with the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program at USC (AYA@USC). Her primary role is to educate young adult cancer patients on the unique needs and various issues that can arise with cancer and its related treatment, specifically fertility and sexual health. She has been invited to lecture on AYA issues to undergraduates, medical students, graduates, and fellows in medical oncology/hematology. Click here for full bio.

USC Programs

David Stroud AYA Symposium