Dedicated Support Specialists to Navigate Your Cancer Care

Teens and young adults with cancer face a number of stressors including financial and insurance strains, clinical issues, costs and decisions around fertility preservation, interrupted career and school goals and at times a lack of family or friend support.

At University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s, we are committed to helping our teen and young adult patients manage their diagnosis and its implications throughout the course of treatment. We provide this crucial support through social and emotional support services, including dedicated staff who guide the entire care journey.


AYA Nurse Navigator Program Guides the Full Care Experience

Our Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute offers a unique nurse navigator program to help teen patients with their cancer or blood disorder diagnosis. We have a registered nurse on staff whose sole focus is to support teen and young adult patients throughout their journey, as a supplement to their medical treatment.

The AYA nurse navigator is one of the first people to connect with patients and families upon diagnosis. Focused on forming an emotional relationship with each patient, our nurse navigator is trained to help normalize their fears, other feelings or concerns. The nurse navigator provides a full view of the diagnosis and explains what that means for everyday life.

Because our nurse navigator interacts with providers at both the UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital as well as the UH Seidman Cancer Center, they can coordinate scheduling with subspecialties as needed. In this capacity, the nurse navigator also facilitates other cancer support services – like financial counseling and clinical psychology resources, meet-ups and more.


Have Questions? Need to Talk? Ask Amelia

Do you have questions about our program? Our AYA nurse navigator Amelia Baffa, RN, MSN is here to help. You can contact her directly to learn more about our facilities, support services, resources, meet-ups and more. Email Amelia to find out more about the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute.

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Clinical Psychologists Embedded within the Clinic

Isolation and loneliness are tremendous barriers to successful cancer treatment. Young adults who experience these feelings are not only unable to participate in their lives the same way, they often feel that life passes them by while they are in treatment. Most adolescents and young adults also feel caught in the middle even for treatment – either in a pediatric unit with small children or in adult facilities with primarily older patients.

As part of our commitment to comprehensive care for teens living with cancer, we have clinical psychologists readily available, so teens and young adults can access the support they need during cancer treatment. These specialists are highly skilled and trained in understanding how to best care for teen patients in a more inclusive way.