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Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program

Over 70,000 adolescents and young adults are diagnosed with cancer every year and their needs are unique. Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital is dedicated to supporting adolescents and young adults, ages 13 and older. Our goal is to improve quality of life and outcomes for AYAs affected by cancer through exceptional programming and educational services, forging social connections with other AYAs, providing access to age-appropriate clinical trials, and promoting awareness of AYA cancer in the hospital and in the broader community.

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital’s care team works with patients and their families to design a treatment plan based on the individual’s needs. In addition to an oncologist, our multidisciplinary team includes advanced practice providers, registered nurses, social workers, a psychologist, psychiatrist, neuropsychologist, nutritionist and child life specialists, all who have expertise in the medical, social, emotional and educational needs of adolescents and young adults. Our specialized program provides resources and support to give AYAs and their families the tools to thrive during a difficult time. Some of these include:

  • Individual psychotherapy and resilience training
  • Dedicated AYA programming such as AYA Support Meetings and social connections 
  • Consultation about financial, educational, housing and transportation support
  • Information and referrals to local, regional and national resources and AYA camps and activities
  • Fertility preservation
  • Consultation with our dietitian

Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Lauren Telesz/Smilow Teen Center

Our Teen Center, in partnership with Teen Cancer America was designed with adolescents and young adults in mind and offers them a space to socialize with one another as well as with friends and family. The new space also provides video games, tables and a big screen to view movies.

Smilow Teen Center

Keeping Life as 'Normal' as Possible

Games, virtual reality and shared common experience help teens fight the loneliness that can accompany a cancer diagnosis.