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 as well as experts in young adult and adult medicine from Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
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.
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 tremendous progress made in pediatric cancer cure rates over the past 50 years came about because treatments for all childhood cancers have been continually improved through research protocols organized internationally by the Children's Oncology Group (COG), an association of institutes dedicated to research in pediatric oncology.
A brain and spinal cord tumor, also known as a central nervous system (CNS) tumor, is an abnormal growth that occurs in any part of the brain or spinal cord. CNS tumors are the second most common pediatric cancer, after leukemia, and the most common solid tumor of childhood. The cause of most CNS tumors is unknown. Brain tumors are not contagious, and nothing you have done or not done is responsible for your child's tumor.
Living with cancer is complicated, but the Children’s Minnesota team can help. 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.
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.
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) oncology is a medical specialty focusing specifically on treating cancer and blood disorders in people your age.
Like most people between the ages of 15 and 30, you probably have a lot going on in your life—school, your career, relationships or maybe even starting a family. But if you’ve been recently diagnosed with cancer, everything seems to change overnight: Getting healthy becomes the top priority.
Aili Kleven was diagnosed with stage 3 intermediate-risk neuroblastoma.