Specialized Care and Innovative Therapies for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer
Teens and young adults with cancer often feel caught in between younger pediatric patients and older medical patients. At the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children’s, we’ve developed an environment and highly specialized team of experts tailored just to this age group of those between the ages of 15-30.
Because of our close relationship with adult cancer specialists at UH Seidman Cancer Center and other specialty areas within UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, our integrated care teams are uniquely positioned to treat teens and young adults with cancer. Another advantage is that our primary locations for both cancer programs are on the same medical campus, enabling great collaboration between specialists.
Our adolescent and young adult specialists are passionate about finding more lifesaving treatment options for this age group. Because of the strength of our research enterprise, many therapies are available to our patients earlier than other centers. Our team is made up of fellowship-trained, board-certified physicians and experts who focus exclusively on improving outcomes for teens and young adults with cancer.
Common Types of Cancer that Develop in Teens and Young Adults
Each year, around 70,000 teens and young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. In fact, cancer is the leading cause of death from medical issues for this population. There are certain cancers that are more likely to occur in this age group than children or adults. The most common teenage cancers include:
- Brain tumors and central nervous system tumors
- Breast cancer
- Cervical cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Germ cell tumors (extracranial germ cell tumors and extragonadal germ cell tumors)
- Leukemia – acute lymphoblastic leukemia
- Leukemia – acute myeloid leukemia
- Liver cancer
- Lymphoma, Hodgkin
- Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
- Melanoma (skin cancer)
- Neurocutaneous syndromes
- Testicular cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Treatment-resistant cancers
Dedication to Focused Cancer Care for Adolescents and Young Adults
Our Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute team is dedicated to eliminating barriers to cancer care for our patients, all in a setting that meets the unique needs of adolescents, teens and young adults. With strategies to diagnose cancers sooner and access to lifesaving new therapies, we provide clinical expertise with a coordination of care that helps patients and families every step of the way. And our dedicated Angie’s Institute Nurse Navigator and AYA clinical psychologist provide the emotional connection to plan and dream about life after cancer.
Multidisciplinary Approach Across Multiple Locations
Our multidisciplinary approach ensures each patient is treated by the team of experts they need to achieve the best possible outcome for their individual cancer. With access to an entire system of care at locations across northeast Ohio, we have the expertise to deliver unique, technically demanding healthcare for adolescent and young adult patients with common and rare cancers.