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Current Oncology Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 325–331 | Cite as

The Adolescent and Young Adult With Cancer: State of the Art - Psychosocial Aspects

  • Claudia L. EpelmanEmail author
Pediatric Oncology (S Epelman, Section Editor)

Abstract

Adolescents and young adults with cancer are a distinct subgroup of patients within oncology. From the onset of symptoms until the completion of therapy and beyond, they face physical, psychological, and social challenges that are significantly different from those of adults and children. Survival rates and quality of life outcomes for this population have not improved to the same extent that have for younger and older patients. Improvements in quality of care, overall survival and quality of life for these patients require access to specialized care and participation in clinical trials; assistance with management of disease and treatment effects (especially fertility and body image issues); assessment of psychosocial needs; facilitated transition to off-treatment care; and referral to age-appropriated information and support services. Staff team caring for young patients must be dedicated to working with this age group and should have specialist knowledge and training to support their specific needs.

Keywords

Adolescent Young Adult Cancer Psychosocial aspects Quality of life Optimal Care 

Notes

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Conflict of Interest

Claudia L. Epelman declares no potential conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Pediatric OncologySanta Marcelina Hospital / TUCCASão PauloBrazil

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