Internationally Recognized Pediatric Cancer Care for Children of All Ages

The Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is internationally recognized for expert diagnostic and clinical treatment of any childhood cancer. Our multidisciplinary team offers innovations in care, including access to promising new cancer treatments, for patients of all ages, including infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

As a fully integrated pediatric cancer program with both University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, we provide a continuum of care that is unmatched in the area. Our pediatric hematology and oncology specialists work collaboratively with clinical experts across every clinical specialty, but also with Child Life specialists and a full network of cancer support services to guide patients and family members. We take care of your cancer, but more importantly, we take care of you – every step of the way.

Research, Clinical Trials and Advanced Treatment Options

Oncologists at University Hospitals are deeply committed to improving the prognosis of pediatric cancer for children of all ages.

We leverage all the opportunities available through our system of care, including joint tumor board meetings for children with cancer, to closely tailor our clinical care efforts. Our team approach ensures each patient’s case is reviewed by a broad group of providers, specialists and the entire support team. Together our pediatric specialists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital work closely with UH Seidman Cancer Center and other UH specialists as they consider a diverse spectrum of clinical trial opportunities and therapeutic options available for each diagnosis.

Unique Cancer Care Tailored to Teens and Young Adults

Nearly 70,000 young people ages 15 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer each year – six times the number of children diagnosed between birth and age 14.

At our Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute, we are devoted to improving outcomes for this population. Teens and young adults face unique challenges that differ from younger children and adults. We’ve developed a center dedicated to cancer support for teens living with cancer, led by a passionate team of internationally-recognized specialists in cancer care.

Age-Appropriate Supportive Environments

While in treatment, many factors impact a patient’s ability to successfully complete cancer treatment. With babies, children and adolescents, it’s sometimes hard to understand what they need to ease through the various steps of treatment. We provide a strong supportive network with Child Life specialists to help young children understand what to expect and how to adapt to treatment. Our team also helps school-age kids with cancer maintain as much of a normal schedule for school and play so they don’t miss fun aspects of childhood.

Teens and young adults with cancer face a challenging combination of stressors including financial and insurance strains, the issues, costs and decisions around fertility preservation and the interruption of career and school goals.

When it comes to cancer treatment, most adolescents and young adults are caught in the middle – either in a pediatric unit with small children or in adult facilities with older patients.

Our Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute provides crucial clinical, social and emotional support in an age-appropriate setting. Spaces within Angie’s Institute are designed to help patients connect with each other and promote comfort and healing, while still meeting the clinical demands of an elite cancer treatment center.

Highlights include:

  • A teen lounge with an interactive wall, a wi-fi bar and quiet, private spaces for reading and watching television
  • Located within the outpatient center, an in-house pharmacy fills prescriptions and therapeutic treatments for all UH Rainbow cancer patients, on demand
  • One of the nation’s first adolescent and young adult specialty Nurse Navigators to connect patients with treatments and crucial psychological and social support services
  • Dedicated Clinical Psychologist provides services to support the mental health needs of our young cancer patients
  • Patient-controlled, colorful LED lighting in exam and treatment rooms
  • Public and private treatment spaces so patients can choose their treatment experience
  • A healing garden on the 7,500-square-foot rooftop with unique horticulture therapy programming

We coordinate peer support groups and offer monthly opportunities for patients and survivors to connect. These meet-ups are not only accessible at our Angie’s Institute, but also at conveniently located at UH community locations and other venues throughout northeast Ohio.

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