The Huntsman-Intermountain Adolescent and Young Adult (HI-AYA) Cancer Care Program caters to teens and adults between 15 and 39 years old who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The years between 15 and 39 mark a time of great change. We generally refer to this period as adolescence and young adulthood. It’s a time of exploration—when people develop their own identities, choose a career path, build intimate relationships, and work toward emotional, social, and financial independence. A cancer diagnosis during these years causes great disruption of natural growth and development and can lead to many adverse outcomes, unless the individual receives support and help.

A trained Patient Navigator is a health educator who connects patients with a variety of cancer resources and educational materials specific to their diagnosis, to help them face all aspects of the cancer journey—from diagnosis to treatment and throughout survivorship. The HI-AYA Patient Navigator also helps patients access a variety of ancillary support services including: fertility specialists, health insurance benefit review and financial counseling, dietary and nutritional consultation, genetic counseling, and rehab services.

AYA patients are not alone. Each year, there are more than 70,000 AYA patients diagnosed with cancer in the United States, including 1,000 in Utah. Our mission is to provide AYA patients with the highest level of care, support, and education available.

The HI-AYA Cancer Care Program services patients primarily in Utah, but also nearby states. 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
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Meet Our Navigator

Sara Salmon, AYA Patient Navigator, is here to help adolescents and young adults throughout the care continuum.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Read about the different questions people often have about the Huntsman-Intermountain Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care Program.

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How to Get Started

To get started with our Patient Navigator, reach out to Sara here.