Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer have often been described as a medically underserved population, falling through the gap between pediatric and adult oncology. As AYAs transition from childhood or adulthood the normal concerns they may have – development of body image, dating, separating from parents, career and education decisions – are compounded when they are faced with cancer. AYA cancer patients may face issues such as infertility, loss of employment/breaks in education due to treatment, increased dependence on parents, and other health concerns that may be exceptionally difficult for this group to cope with.
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Unmet Support Service Needs and Health-Related Quality of Life among Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: The AYA HOPE Study.
Front Oncol. 2013;3:75
Authors: Smith AW, Parsons HM, Kent EE, Bellizzi K, Zebrack BJ, Keel G, Lynch...
An exploratory study of oncology specialists' understanding of the preferences of young people living with cancer.
Soc Work Health Care. 2013;52(2-3):166-90
Authors: Thompson K, Dyson G, Holland L, Joubert L
Awareness about the specific needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) aged 15-25 with a diagnosis of cancer has...
Post-traumatic growth among an ethnically diverse sample of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
Psychooncology. 2013 Apr 2;
Authors: Arpawong TE, Oland A, Milam JE, Ruccione K, Meeske KA
OBJECTIVE: Although some survivors of childhood cancer report significant...
Children's Oncology Group's 2013 blueprint for research: Adolescent and young adult oncology.
Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Dec 19;
Authors: Freyer DR, Felgenhauer J, Perentesis J, on behalf of the COG Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Discipline Committee
Prevalence and predictors of post-traumatic stress symptoms in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors: a 1-year follow-up study.
Psychooncology. 2012 Nov 8;
Authors: Kwak M, Zebrack BJ, Meeske KA, Embry L, Aguilar C, Block R, Hayes-Lattin B, Li Y, Butler M, Cole S
Exploring Psychosocial Support Online: A Content Analysis of Messages in an Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Community.
Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2012 Sep 12;
Authors: Love B, Crook B, Thompson CM, Zaitchik S, Knapp J, Lefebvre L, Jones B, Donovan-Kicken E, Eargle E, Rechis R
Abstract The increased usage of online...
Online group-based cognitive-behavioural therapy for adolescents and young adults after cancer treatment: A multicenter randomised controlled trial of Recapture Life-AYA.
BMC Cancer. 2012 Aug 3;12(1):339
Authors: Sansom-Daly UM, Wakefield CE, Bryant RA, Butow P, Sawyer S, Patterson P, Anazodo A, Thompson K, Cohn RJ
ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: A cancer diagnosis is 2.9 times more likely to occur during the adolescent and young adult years than in younger children. This spike in...
Subjective versus objective: an exploratory analysis of latino primary care patients with self-perceived depression who do not fulfill primary care evaluation of mental disorders patient health questionnaire criteria for depression.
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Psychosocial care of adolescent and young adult patients with cancer and survivors.
J Clin Oncol. 2012 Apr 10;30(11):1221-6
Authors: Zebrack B, Isaacson S
The delivery of quality care for adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer and...
Health status of adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
Cancer. 2012 Jun 11;
Authors: Tai E, Buchanan N, Townsend J, Fairley T, Moore A, Richardson LC
BACKGROUND: Adolescents and young adults (AYA) ages 15 to 29 years who are diagnosed with cancer are at risk for...
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia in young adults: which treatment?
Curr Opin Oncol. 2012 Jun 11;
Authors: McNeer JL, Raetz EA
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common and one of the most curable malignancies in children; however,...
Childhood trauma and health outcomes in HIV-infected patients: an exploration of causal pathways.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2012 Apr 1;59(4):409-16
Authors: Pence BW, Mugavero MJ, Carter TJ, Leserman...
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