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Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program

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Research shows that teens and young adults with certain kinds of cancer have much better treatment results when they’re treated at a pediatric hospital like Akron Children’s. Nearly 40% of our patients are adolescents and young adults, and the care we provide goes beyond helping them beat cancer.

Teens and young adults with cancer often face different personal, emotional, social and medical challenges than younger children and older adults. Even their response to therapy and risks for side effects are different.

That’s why we developed a dedicated program to help cancer patients 12 to 25 years of age through all stages of their healthcare journey, from diagnosis and treatment to remission and survivorship. We offer everything from fertility preservation and access to the latest clinical trials, including phase 1 and targeted therapies.

Our team includes pediatric oncologists, reproductive medicine specialists, psychologists, social workers, child life specialists, pharmacists and patient navigators. Together, they provide care that not only addresses the disease but also our patients' educational, emotional, academic, financial and psychological needs.

Research is crucial to advancing targeted therapies and developing new, effective treatments. Our pediatric hematology-oncology division participates in national clinical trials for childhood cancers as well as research that explores the causes and treatment of these diseases. Our participation in the Children’s Oncology Group and the Advanced Cancer Therapies Network (ACTN) provides our patients with access to novel and promising pediatric cancer research therapies.  

Our School and Community Oncology Outreach Program (SCOOP) is aimed at supporting our patients' social and academic needs. It includes an oncology outreach coordinator and a schoolteacher. Together, they help patients make a smooth transition back to school after an extended absence.

Just as the treatment of childhood cancer requires a very specialized approach, so does the follow-up and monitoring of late effects, which can be subtle and difficult to diagnose. We care for any childhood cancer survivor who has been off treatment for 2 years, up to age 25. We also help childhood cancer survivors transition to adulthood and serve as a resource for their primary care doctor.

Locations

Contact Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program

330-543-8580

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Cancer and Blood Disorders
Akron Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders
Main Hospital Building
214 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3220
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Our Doctors/Providers

Physicians/Providers:

Laura Gerak, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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Daniel Pettee, DO

Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program; Director, Solid Tumor Program; Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist

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Stephanie Savelli, MD

Director, Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program; Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Alexis Judd, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Open Clinical Studies

Apixaban for Prevention of Blood Clots in Children With Leukemia

The purpose of this study is to compare the effect of a blood thinning drug called Apixaban versus no administration of a blood thinning drug, in preventing blood clots in children with leukemia or lymphoma. Patients must be receiving chemotherapy; including Pegylated L-Asparaginase and have a central line (a catheter inserted for administration of medications and blood sampling).

Complete study information:  https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02369653

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Currently recruiting

Eligibility

If you have a cancer diagnosis and are 25 years or younger, we invite you to call 330-543-8580 for information about our programs or to set-up and appointment.

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Some of the Conditions We Treat...

cancer, testicular cancer, blood cancer, bleeding disorder, oncology, leukemia, lymphoma, tumor

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