The goal of the Patient Navigation program is to ensure no young adult faces cancer alone.

We work to improve the ability of young adults to manage their cancer experiences and long-term cancer survival through access to support resources tailored specifically to young adults; increased knowledge of their disease, treatment options and lifelong implications of treatment choices; and effective communication with their clinical care team, family, friends, community, and others in their support network.

Our Patient Navigators can help you manage your special concerns and needs of being a young adult and dealing with cancer through:

  • Assistance Returning to Work or School
  • Connections to Peers and Other Young Adults
  • Fertility Preservation Guidance
  • Financial Assistance
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Higher Education Scholarships
  • Household Assistance for Patients and Families
  • Individual or Family Counseling and Support
  • Medical Team Communication
  • Survivorship Programs
  • Young Adult Groups and Events

Types of Patient Navigation We Offer

The Ulman Cancer Fund offers two types of Navigation services for young adult cancer patients (15 to 39 years old) and survivors: Remote and On-Site.

All services are free of charge and available to survivors, family members, and loved ones.

Remote Navigation

UCF offers Remote Navigation through telephone and email communication support out of our Baltimore, Maryland office for young adults and families who need support from across the country.

Young adults and families may access our Remote Navigation services by calling 1-888-393-FUND ext. 105 or emailing Julie Lanahan.

On-Site Navigation

UCF has partnered with the cancer centers in the region to offer comprehensive Navigation services to young adult patients receiving care there. Navigators work in conjunction with the centers’ multidisciplinary medical care teams, social workers, and other health care providers to provide support to young adults and their families.

The UCF currently offers Navigation services through partnership with the following cancer centers:

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Elizabeth Saylor, MSW | University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center | Baltimore, MD | 443.928.1076

Sharon Curran, RN, MS |Greater Baltimore Medical Center Sandra & Malcolm Berman Cancer Institute | Baltimore, MD | 410.952.4656

Allie Gubin, MSW, LCSW | Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center | Baltimore, MD | 443.928.1076

Meghan Fitzgibbons, MSW, LGSW  | Walter Reed National Military Medical Center | Bethesda, MD  | 301.295.6335

Allison Isaacson | Children’s National Medical Center | Washington, DC

Julie Lanahan| Remote Patient Navigator | UCF Baltimore Office | Baltimore, MD | 410.964.0202 EXT: 105

UCF is modeling this program in coordination with the work of the LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance and navigator program-specific goals outlined in National Cancer Institutes Adolescent & Young Adult Progress Review Group Report (published in August 2006).

For me, cancer used to mean death. I used to think if someone had cancer there was no hope. But I now know better. There are new treatments for cancer, and many breakthroughs on the horizon. Cures are being developed in labs. People are surviving at record rates. There is hope! This can be dealt with.

Please note: Ulman Cancer Fund Navigators are not medical practitioners and do not provide medical advice. The Ulman Cancer Fund encourages young adults to learn as much as they can about their illness in order to make informed choices about their treatment and care. Second opinions are often part of this process.