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ADOLESCENT & YOUNG ADULT NAVIGATION

Working in conjunction with the medical care teams at institutions and within the community, Ulman Navigators provide a holistic approach to patient care, addressing various needs of young adults who face a cancer diagnosis, treatment, and life with cancer.
Navigators provide tailored emotional, psychosocial, and practical support to young adults, and their loved ones, to help them recalibrate their life with cancer.

Our Focus

Adolescents and young adults (ages 15 – 39) with cancer are burdened with challenges unique to their developmental stage and age group. While many people are diagnosed with cancer, young adults with cancer face very different issues from the general adult population and from pediatric cancer patients. They are at a time in their lives when they are mapping out careers, relationships and future plans. They are becoming independent and self-sufficient. A major life-threatening illness can turn their lives upside down. This population also possess unique capacities that, when realized, can help them effectively cope with cancer and thrive, no matter what the outcome may be.

Below is a list of some of the difficult issues faced by young adults affected by cancer:

  • Independence vs. dependence
  • Living near family support vs. living near peer support
  • Inexperience at making major medical decisions
  • Inexperience at managing medical treatment
  • Dealing with medical professionals
  • Maintaining some semblance of “normalcy”
  • Health insurance, life insurance and financial issues
  • Job security & career planning
  • Nutrition and meal preparation
  • Fertility
  • Dating
  • Intimacy
  • Relationships
  • To tell or not to tell
  • Long-term physical and emotional ramifications

Our AYA Navigators can help manage the special concerns and needs of being a young adult and dealing with cancer through:

  • Assistance Returning to Work or School
  • Connections to Peers and Other Young Adults
  • Fertility Preservation Guidance
  • Financial Assistance
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Higher Education Scholarships
  • Household Assistance for Patients and Families
  • Individual or Family Counseling and Support
  • Medical Team Communication
  • Survivorship Programs
  • Young Adult Groups and Events

If you are interested in learning more about Adolescent and Young Adult Navigation or bringing a program to your institution, please contact:

Christina Miller, AYA Navigation Director
cmiller@ulmanfoundation.org
410.964.0202 ext. 106

Locations

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Devon Ciampa, MSW, LMSW
Baltimore, MD – 443.287.2485

University of Maryland Medical Center 

Megan Solinger, MHS, MA
Baltimore, MD – 443.928.1076

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Meghan van der Eijk, MSW, LGSW
Bethesda, MD – 301.295.6335

Children’s National Medical Center

Nicole Sanchez Herrera, MT-BC
Washington D.C. – 202.476.5823

Anne Arundel Medical Center/DeCesaris Cancer Institute

Megan Cannone, MSW, LCSW-C
Annapolis, MD –  443.481.3558

Remote Navigation

Samantha Horn, MPA
Baltimore, MD – 410.964.0202 ext. 111

Our Work

Intervention Strategies to Reduce the Most Common Barriers to Care Among Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Patients
Abstract
Poster

Contact Us

For inquiries about AYA Patient Care or one of our on-site locations, please contact:

Christina Miller – AYA Navigation Director
cmiller@ulmanfoundation.org
410-964-0202 ext .106