Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Program

Studies show that outcomes are better and chances of event-free survival increase when adolescents and young adults are treated using pediatric protocols at pediatric institutions, over treatment by adult oncologists. Our Oncology Division sees a significant percentage of the adolescent patients in Illinois, more than any other program in the state and we have launched the Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program to provide top-quality care to adolescents using our pediatric protocols.

The Lurie Children’s Difference

The staff in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation have a strong record of clinical and academic excellence. Lurie Children’s is one of the busiest pediatric oncology programs in the country. Since opening in 1992, our program has become one of the largest in the nation. Likewise, our pediatric neuro-oncology program serves the vast majority of pediatric brain tumor patients in Illinois and the Midwest and receives referrals from across the nation and around the world. Learn more about our brain tumor program.

The program has become an official member of the Lance Armstrong Young Adult Alliance with involvement in its Development Committee. It is also a part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Coalition, which works in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes for Health.

What to Expect

The program includes an inpatient program, outpatient services, a community outreach program, and a link to STAR , an already established long-term survivors program. During treatment, we encourage peer interaction by grouping adolescent patients into designated clinic times, engaging adolescents in monthly support groups and grouping adolescents on the inpatient unit in designated rooms together, when possible. We also offer psychosocial support targeted for adolescent and young adult developmental tasks, and offer fertility preservation services for patients undergoing aggressive cancer treatment.  Additionally, we engage parents in monthly support groups held during clinic.


If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®) or visit our Appointments page for more information. 

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