About HIAYA

A cancer diagnosis presents different challenges for young people than for younger children or older adults. Cancer can disrupt big milestones that commonly happen during this age range like completing school, choosing a career path, building personal relationships, and working toward emotional, social, and financial independence.

HIAYA seeks to address the unique needs of AYAs in Utah and the surround states. We currently offer:

  • AYA Patient Navigators to help guide young people through their cancer care
  • Connection through social media

We collaborate with many neighboring healthcare organizations to ensure AYAs receive the immediate and long-term support services necessary to meet their unique needs. Collaborators include:

  • Intermountain Cancer Centers, clinics, and hospitals, including Primary Children’s Hospital
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Community Oncologists

Meet Our Navigator

Tomoko Tsukamoto
A Patient Navigator has special training to help AYAs with cancer manage daily life needs and general concerns and expectations. The navigator answers questions and connects AYAs to hospital and community resources. In other words, the navigator helps “navigate” the healthcare system. He or she can also act as the patient’s advocate and supporter.

Tomoko Tsukamoto - Intermountain

Her professional background includes being a registered nurse and case manager for the cancer/transplant unit at Primary Children's Hospital. She is a trained fertility preservation and family building navigator for cancer patients, and a trainer for the Pediatric End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium.

Young Adult Connections

Join us for a casual and fun monthly online group dedicated to young adults ages 18-39 who have had a cancer diagnosis. Young Adult Connections offers a chance for you to meet other local young adults who “get it”. Our hope is to help you feel a little less alone and more connected and empowered during tough times. Feel free to bring a guest. Events take place every third Thursday of the month. Check HIAYA social media pages each month or email us for event details.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is AYA?

AYA stands for Adolescent and Young Adult. This is a group of people diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.