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Adolescent + Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program

Model of Care

The Reid R. Sacco Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program at Tufts Medical Center focuses on you as a whole person.  We offer age-appropriate, comprehensive care using a team-based approach.  Your personalized Survivorship Care Plan, developed by the AYA Care Team, includes a cumulative Treatment Summary and a customized Follow-up Care Plan.  Our model of care incorporates Peer Navigation to provide you with an age-related ally who can assist with concerns ranging from scheduling a new appointment to practicing for a job interview.

Treatment Summary

What is a Treatment Summary?

The Treatment Summary displays the cumulative treatments you have received.  The entirety of your medical records is reviewed by a member of the AYA Program Care Team and then synthesized using established templates from national oncology organizations into an easy to read document. 

How can a Treatment Summary Help Me?

  • Helps improve your understanding of the treatments you received.
  • Serves as basis for the development of your Follow-Up Care Plan which is your guide to ongoing individualized care.
  • Is available in paper or electronic form, making it easy to share with new doctors or your other health care providers who may not be aware of your health history. 

Follow-Up Care Plan

What is a Follow-Up Care Plan?

The Follow-Up Care Plan lists all of your current health issues as well as potential concerns being monitored in one easy to read chart.  It integrates recognized oncological survivorship guidelines with your medical history as listed in your Treatment Summary.

The comprehensive chart is organized by organ system and outlines:

  • Suggested ongoing  care (Ex: Blood pressure, ECHO/EKG, Total Body Skin Exam)
  • Reasons for the ongoing care (Ex: Surveillance, General wellness)
  • Frequency of suggested visits or tests
  • When your last visit or test was completed
  • Which provider or specialist to go to, for which visit

How can a Follow-Up Care Plan Help Me?

The Follow-Up Care Plan is tailored to your medical needs by the AYA Program Care Team to support your continued health management in survivorship.  It helps you manage and keep track of your long term follow-up care.  It can also be used as a tool to share with other doctors you see to ensure they know you are taking an active role in your healthcare.

Peer Navigation

What is Peer Navigation?

Peer Navigation is a service which matches patients with an age-related ally.  Navigators are non-medically trained members of the AYA Program Team who help you gather information and link you to resources both in and outside of the Medical Center.  Peer Navigators have participated in a Patient Navigation course and are certified through the Patient Navigation Program of Massachusetts.

How can a Peer Navigator Help Me?

Your Peer Navigator will work closely with you and your doctor to help address any issues that may arise during or between visits.  He/she is available to meet with you to discuss your concerns regarding continuing education, employment, relationships, financial issues or independent living.

Peer Navigators are great at:

  • Helping you get your questions answered
  • Connecting you with resources
  • Scheduling tests and other appointments
  • Helping you navigate the hospital

Interested in maximizing your ongoing health?

We welcome any and all 18 to 39 year olds who have a history of cancer.  Clinic visits are covered by most insurance plans, but may require a referral before your visit. Check with your insurance company to find out about coverage, costs and if you need pre-authorization.  Schedule an Appointment or Contact Us with any questions.