Cancer Rehabilitation of Adolescents and Young Adults

  • May Aasebø HaukenEmail author

This chapter focuses on cancer rehabilitation of adolescents and young adults (AYA). The goal is to provide nurses with increased understanding and knowledge of cancer rehabilitation to assess AYA’ multidimensional rehabilitation needs and be capable to plan and implement rehabilitation interventions throughout the cancer care continuum to promote AYA’ everyday function, coping capability, independence, participation and long-term health. Consequently, this chapter presents a definition and outlines basic principles of cancer rehabilitation of AYA, as well as the nurses’ role in this process. Furthermore, the International Classification of Function, Disability and Health (ICF) is presented as a holistic model to assess AYA’s rehabilitation needs, as well as to plan, implement and evaluate complex rehabilitation interventions. An anonymized AYA case, Lisa, will serve as an example throughout the chapter to connect the content to clinical nursing practice and to show how the rehabilitation process of an AYA is supported at a specialized rehabilitation centre.


Adolescents and young adults Complex cancer rehabilitation Nursing roles ICF Rehabilitation interventions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology, Center for Crisis PsychologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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