Young Adult Patient Navigator
Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults
Clinical Social Worker
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Four years ago, Johns Hopkins Hospital and the nonprofit Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults joined forces to better meet the special needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Social Worker Alexandra Gubin, who holds a master’s in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, took charge of the effort and has made it something of a personal crusade.
“The psychosocial experience of an adolescent or young adult with cancer is unique,” Gubin said, noting that a young person’s need for independence, an education, a career and more can be threatened by a cancer diagnosis.
Gubin helps adolescents and young adults recently diagnosed with cancer, and their families, adjust to life with cancer, both emotionally and with such practical matters as financial assistance and housing.
Beyond that role, she works to help the medical community understand and deal with this unique population, and also has written on the subject.
“My commitment to being an advocate for young adults with cancer is driving change at Johns Hopkins and at the national level,” she said. “I am proud to dedicate my career to inspiring change for the nearly 70,000 young adults who are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year.”