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.
Source: Zebrack B, Hamilton R, Smith A. Psychosocial Outcomes and Service Use Among Young Adults With Cancer. Semin Oncol. 2009; 36:468-477.
Recent developments in supporting adolescent and young adult siblings of cancer patients.
Curr Opin Oncol. 2015 Jul;27(4):311-5
Authors: Patterson P, Medlow S, McDonald FE
Contributors and Inhibitors of Resilience Among Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer.
J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2014 Dec 1;3(4):185-193
Authors: Rosenberg AR, Yi-Frazier JP, Wharton C, Gordon K, Jones B
Purpose: Self-perceived resilience may...
Adolescent and young adult patients with cancer: a milieu of unique features.
Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2015 May 26;
Authors: Sender L, Zabokrtsky KB
Adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer are a unique category of patients who, depending on age at time...
Psychosocial interventions for adolescents and young adult cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2015 Apr 16;
Authors: Richter D, Koehler M, Friedrich M, Hilgendorf I, Mehnert A, Weißflog G
The shared experience of adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their caregivers.
Psychooncology. 2015 Mar 25;
Authors: Juth V, Silver RC, Sender L
OBJECTIVE: We examined the interdependent, dyadic, mental health of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients...
How I Treat: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Older Adolescents and Young Adults (AYAs).
Blood. 2015 Mar 24;
Authors: Curran E, Stock W
At the intersection between children and older adults, the care of adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) poses unique challenges and issues...
Quality of life in adolescent and young adult cancer patients: a systematic review of the literature.
Patient Relat Outcome Meas. 2015;6:19-51
Authors: Quinn GP, Gonçalves V, Sehovic I, Bowman ML, Reed DR
INTRODUCTION: Adolescent and young adult (AYA...
Threading the cloak: palliative care education for care providers of adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Clin Oncol Adolesc Young Adults. 2015 Jan 9;5:1-18
Authors: Wiener L, Weaver MS, Bell CJ, Sansom-Daly UM
Medical providers are trained to...
Promoting Resilience in Stress Management: A Pilot Study of a Novel Resilience-Promoting Intervention for Adolescents and Young Adults With Serious Illness.
J Pediatr Psychol. 2015 Feb 11;
Authors: Rosenberg AR, Yi-Frazier JP, Eaton L, Wharton C, Cochrane K, Pihoker C, Baker KS, McCauley E
OBJECTIVE: To examine the...
Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology in the United States: A Specialty in Its Late Adolescence.
J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015 Mar 6;
Authors: Shaw PH, Reed DR, Yeager N, Zebrack B, Castellino SM, Bleyer A
Over the last 30 years, it has become apparent...
Emerging issues among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.
Semin Oncol Nurs. 2015 Feb;31(1):53-9
Authors: Patterson P, McDonald FE, Zebrack B, Medlow S
OBJECTIVES: To review the characteristics of cancer in the adolescence and young...
Treatment of Anxiety and Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer.
J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2015 Jan 2;
Authors: Lauer AL
Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer are a unique population of patients who experience a period of intense and dramatic life changes when they are diagnosed. Overall, AYAs with...
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