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Gilbert Family Adolescent & Young Adult Program

Teen cancer clinic at Beaumont
Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Community resources and programs
Community resources and programs


Bridging the gap between pediatric and adult care

A cancer diagnosis often leaves adolescents and young adults with unanswered questions and uncertainty about their future. Funded by a generous grant from the Gilbert Foundation, the Beaumont Children’s Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) program is designed to provide answers. The AYA program serves patients ages 15-26 whether in active treatment or post-therapy survivorship.

AYA patients receive outstanding, state-of-the-art treatment from top rated oncologists, opportunities for fertility preservation, access to available clinical trials, integrative medicine and natural therapies, psychosocial support and recreational experiences. Our team works in collaboration with you and your family in creating individualized treatment plans to successfully navigate the unique challenges you face and bridge the gap between pediatric and adult care.

Patient Programs and Services

Social Work

Our social worker provides assistance with psychosocial functioning and can also assist with financial matters by connecting patients with insurance and community resources.

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Child life specialist

Child life specialists strive to understand each family’s strengths and abilities to help them establish a new sense of normalcy as they move through cancer treatment. 

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Clinical Trails

We are committed to creating an ideal environment for the conduct of exemplary clinical research by providing only the best investigational treatment options for our patients.

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Integrative Medicine

The Integrative Medicine department provides access to non-invasive natural therapies that are coordinated with cancer treatment for adolescents and young adults. 

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Long term Follow-up Clinic

The Pediatric Oncology Long-Term Follow-Up Clinic is comprised of a multidisciplinary team. Prior to your clinic visit we will review your medical history and previous treatment.

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Hospital Teacher

A Michigan-certified hospital teacher/educational liaison provides academic services to assist patients in meeting their educational milestones.

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Conditions We Treat:

  • Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Other Sarcomas/Rare Tumors
  • Germ Cell Tumors

Meet the team

  • Heather McKnight, LMSW - Social Worker
  • Rose Freigeh, CCLS - Child Life Specialist
  • Janis Traynor - Educational Liaison
  • Kathryn Miller, RN, BSN - Clinical Manager
  • Sue Townsel - Program Manager, Adolescent and Young Adult Program

Community Resources