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Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Program

Young cancer survivors often face a range of late effects related to cancer and its treatment, including infertility, secondary cancers, neurocognitive difficulties, chronic pain and heart conditions.

In addition, a cancer diagnosis may present unique challenges related to work, school, health insurance, relationships, dating and sexuality, as well as emotional distress and depression.

As one of only two cancer centers in the nation designated a Center of Excellence in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, the Lurie Cancer Center can help. Our Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Program is dedicated to helping young adult and adolescent (AYA) cancer patients and survivors connect and develop tools to cope with long-term survivorship.

Our Services

 Mindfulness Meditation Class

This twice-monthly class is for cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and health care providers interested in learning and practicing mindfulness meditation and movement.  Learn more.

 Monthly Support Group

Our monthly support group is dedicated to young adults 18-39 years old. Meetings begin with a 30-minute presentation, followed by a short break and group discussion facilitated by Lurie Cancer Center Staff.

Meetings take place the first Wednesday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the conference room on the 21st floor of Galter Pavilion. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register for this group, please call 312-695-0990 to speak to a social worker for a referral.

 Palliative Care

Palliative care seeks to relieve suffering and improve quality of life through all stages of illness. Melanie Smith, MD — a palliative care physician and a valued member of the program — works with young adults, their loved ones and their oncologists to ensure treatment plans are consistent with their individual goals and values.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call the Palliative Care and Symptom Management Services Program at 312-926-0001.

 Surveillance and Survivorship Care

Young adults have access to survivorship services offered within the Cancer Survivorship Institute, including specialized survivorship clinics such as the STAR Program, offering long-term follow-up care for AYA patients diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 21.

These clinics offer medical checkups that include a review of the patient’s medical history and a physical exam as well as individualized follow-up care plans.

For more information about the program and related services, contact Stacy Sanford, PhD, at 312-695-2356.

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