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Our Care Team

At Children’s Minnesota, we believe your care is a partnership between you, your family and a wide variety of experts in cancer treatment, including physicians, nursing, psychology, social work and more. You’ll have support from dozens of specialists at Children's Minnesota as well as experts in young adult and adult medicine from Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

Care and Clinical Trials

No matter how you look at it, having cancer is scary. Knowing what to expect will help you feel a little more prepared. Below is brief overview of how things work. Your Children’s Minnesota care team will be there to provide more information, guidance and answers to questions along the way.

Reasons to Choose Children’s

At Children’s Minnesota, we know that medical treatments—like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation—are only part of caring for an adolescent or young adult (AYA) with cancer. You’ll also need emotional support, interactions with other people your age and logistical help living your life while undergoing cancer treatments. We’ll help you find the combination of support—and independence—that’s right for you.

The New McNeely Teen Diabetes Clinic

The McNeely Teen Diabetes Clinic is devoted to seeing adolescent patients with diabetes to focus on the importance of self care and diabetes management.

POPS! Study at Children’s

A new study at Children's Minnesota to see if mobile health technology can help patients with Type 1 diabetes mellitus manage their health.

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Alcohol and its impact on the teen brain

The teen brain is more sensitive to the poisoning effects of alcohol on the neural connections for learning, memory and judgment compared to the adult brain.

Adolescent Health Clinic

The Adolescent Health Clinic focuses on the health needs of patients age 12-23. Adolescence is a time of transition and change. Teens and their families may have questions about physical and emotional changes; evolving relationships and expectations; school; sexuality; and emotional and mental health.

Resources for Living with Cancer

Children's Minnesota can help you or your child navigate through this diagnosis. This is an important time in your life, and we’re here to help you make the most of it before, during and after your treatment.

Sexual Health and Fertility

Although it might not be the first thing you think about after a cancer diagnosis, your intimate relationships and your ability to have children in the future may be affected by your cancer and cancer treatments.

About AYA Cancer

When you’re a teen or young adult with cancer, you can feel isolated from people your age. After all, your life is really different from the lives of your friends and peers. However, you’re not alone. Approximately 70,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year. Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer is a medical specialty focusing specifically on treating cancer and blood disorders in people your age.