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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Feasibility and preliminary findings from a pilot study of allostatic load in adolescent-young adult childhood cancer survivors and their siblings.
J Pediatr Oncol Nurs. 2014 May-Jun;31(3):122-34
Authors: Santacroce SJ, Crandell JB
Adolescent-young adult (AYA) childhood cancer survivors experience at least 2 types of...
Psychological distress and unsatisfied need for psychosocial support in adolescent and young adult cancer patients during the first year following diagnosis.
Psychooncology. 2014 Mar 24;
Authors: Zebrack BJ, Corbett V, Embry L, Aguilar C, Meeske KA, Hayes-Lattin B, Block R, Zeman DT, Cole S
[Long-term follow-up program and transition medicine for childhood cancer survivors].
Gan To Kagaku Ryoho. 2014 Jan;41(1):15-9
Authors: Yuza Y
Because of recent advances in cancer treatments, about 70% of childhood...
Supporting adolescents and young adults with cancer through transitions: position statement from the Canadian Task Force on Adolescents and Young Adults with cancer.
J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Oct;36(7):545-51...
The desire for children and fertility issues among young German cancer survivors.
J Adolesc Health. 2014 May;54(5):527-35
Authors: Geue K, Richter D, Schmidt R, Sender A, Siedentopf F, Brähler E, Stöbel-Richter Y
PURPOSE: For young cancer...
Treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Cancer in a Multidisciplinary Setting: On the Way to a Highly Specialized AYA Unit.
Klin Padiatr. 2013 Nov;225(6):335-338
Authors: Bernig T, Jahn F, Witkowsky S, Huehn R, Hentschel A, Kegel T, Schmoll HJ, Körholz D
Stress and physical activity in young adults treated for cancer: the moderating role of social support.
Support Care Cancer. 2013 Nov 8;
Authors: Brunet J, Love C, Ramphal R, Sabiston CM
PURPOSE: The first objective of the current investigation was to explore the...
The reality of hospitalisation: Stories from family members of their hospital experience for adolescents and young adults living with and dying from cancer.
Contemp Nurse. 2013 Oct 2;
Authors: Barling JA, Stevens JA, Davies KM
Abstract Background: Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer are being disadvantaged...
Square Pegs, Round Hole? Ensuring Fit in the AYAO Spectrum for Adolescents and Young Adults with Genetic Risk for Cancer.
J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2013 Sep;2(3):130-132
Authors: Sanford SD, O'Connor ML, Smith KN, Young AE
This paper presents a case example of a young woman at genetic risk for future cancer. We...
Therapeutic approaches to haematological malignancies in adolescents and young adults.
Br J Haematol. 2013 Sep 6;
Authors: Place AE, Frederick NN, Sallan SE
Tremendous strides have been made in improving the outcomes of haematological malignancies (HM) over the last...
Innovative educational approaches to engage and empower the adolescent and young adult childhood cancer survivor.
Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Aug 17;
Authors: Sadak KT, Connor C, Deluca H
There is a long history of challenges when delivering care to adolescents and young...
Cancer in adolescents and young adults in countries with limited resources.
Curr Oncol Rep. 2013 Aug;15(4):332-46
Authors: Magrath I, Epelman S
Cancer in adolescents and young adults (AYA) represents a higher fraction of all cancer in countries that are still...
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