Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer

Young adults are more likely than either younger children or older adults to be diagnosed with certain cancers, such as Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer and sarcomas. However, the incidence of specific cancer types varies according to age. Leukemia, lymphoma, testicular cancer and thyroid cancer are the most common cancers among 15- to 24-year-olds. Among 25- to 39-year-olds, breast cancer and melanoma are the most common.

Evidence suggests that some cancers in adolescents and young adults may have unique genetic and biological features. Scientists are actively working to learn more about the biology of cancers in young adults so that they can identity molecularly targeted therapies that may be effective in these cancers.

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Our experts work together in a multidisciplinary team (including dedicated, talented nursing staff and Lurie Cancer Center’s Supportive Oncology Team) to help create a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan and provide you with exceptional support. Get to know our physicians and the many other experts who will play an important role in your care.
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Clinical Trials

The Lurie Cancer Center is typically involved in more than 300 clinical trials at a given time, covering a broad range of subjects that may be relevant to your diagnosis. Browse our clinical trials to participate and help test new treatments.
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Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Program

Our Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Program is dedicated to helping young adult and adolescent cancer patients and survivors connect and develop tools to cope with long-term survivorship. It's one of only two cancer centers in the nation designated a Center of Excellence in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.

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