If you are a patient with cancer between the ages of 15-39 we know and understand that your needs are not the same as those patients younger or older. Your lifestyle and activities are much different: attending high school, going away to college, starting out in a career or starting a family. Many of your peers can share those experiences amongst each other, but what they might not be able to discuss is dealing with a cancer diagnosis and treatment while trying to fit all that in, which can be lonely.
Know that you are not alone. Our Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program is a multidisciplinary team made up of adult and pediatric oncologists, adolescent medicine and adult and pediatric social workers, researchers and others with expertise in supporting adolescents and young adults living with cancer. The best part is your treatment care team doesn’t change, it is enhanced for your specific needs.
Services offered include:
- Pediatric and adult clinical trials
- Fertility counseling and preservation options
- Mental health counseling
- Sexual health counseling
- Nutrition counseling
- Art therapy
- Music therapy
- School/vocational support
- Social work support
- Patient mentors
- Support groups
AYA Oncology Program Team
- Beth Stuchell, MSW
The Patient Navigator makes sure AYA oncology patients know about and connect with all the great resources at Michigan Medicine. Beth is especially interested in oncology survivorship, addressing health-related barriers to educational and vocational opportunities and fostering multi-disciplinary research collaborations.
Podcast: Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Michigan Medicine Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program co-director Emily Walling, M.D., MPHS, and clinical research director Anao Zhang, Ph.D., discuss the importance of and need for this program.
Learn more about the research arm of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology at Michigan Medicine, AYA CARE (Adolescent and Young Adult CAncer REsearch).
How to Sign Up
Referrals are recommended through your care team.
To contact the AYA Oncology Program team, please call 734-936-9814.
Support is funded through WHO Cares: Teen Cancer America