Understanding that adolescents and young adults need unique care is a cornerstone of our Teen & Young Adult Program. We are committed to providing support for both patients and their families with a family centered approach. Our Teen & Young Adult Program serves patients between the ages of 13 – 21-years-old.
An estimated 5,000 teens are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. Since cancer is not common in teens — affecting less than one percent of cancers — they fall within a unique age group for cancer treatment programs. This is why we created the Teen & Young Adult Program, which features:
- Oncofertility Program: Oncofertility bridges oncology and reproductive research to explore and expand options for the reproductive future of teen cancer survivors. Each patient is unique, and so is their story. The impact of cancer treatment on fertility can vary — so does the length of time before needing to start fertility preserving treatment. Through our model of multi-disciplinary care, a specialized team coordinates the close care needed to help preserve your family-building options.
- Psychosocial Programs
- School Reintegration Program
- Support Groups Just for Teens
- Teen Lounge: a hangout space designed with teens in mind located on the hematology/oncology unit.
In addition to treatment needs, Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute also is heavily involved in research to help find cures and discover new treatments for cancer.