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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.

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As an AYA or pediatric cancer patient, consider fertility preservation at the time of diagnosis, and make it a part of your treatment conversations with your doctors. Here is a comprehensive overview of options and considerations http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/011111/page5

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