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Survivorship

One of the challenges for the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer population is the transition of adolescent cancer survivors treated at pediatric institutions to adult-based providers in their young adult years. Unfortunately, most AYA survivors are not enrolled and followed in survivorship programs and are oftentimes treated by primary care physicians who are unfamiliar with AYA cancers and the long-term effects and issues associated with them.

Source: Closing the Gap: Research and Care Imperatives for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer, Report of the Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Progress Review Group. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, LIVESTRONG™ Young Adult Alliance; NIH Pub. 06-6067; 2006.

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For AYA patients (and many more) who feel like they may be the only one, Imerman's Angels is a resource that has an extensive database of cancer survivors that meets all demographics. http://www.imermanangels.org/

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