Cardio-Oncology Program

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Introducing, Dr. Jenica Upshaw The Institute of Medicine’s 2005 report, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition, identified key components of survivorship care, including interventions for long-term and late effects from cancer and its therapies; and coordination between … Continued

Childhood Cancer Survivors worry

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Cancer worry Cancer worry is defined as concerns about cancer-related issues, such as relapse and late effects of treatment. Canadian researchers sought to learn how often AYAs have these fears by utilizing a 6-item Cancer Worry Scale in which AYAs … Continued

From sweatpants to business casual

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This week (the first week in April) is AYA Awareness Week. In this post, our Education & Outreach Coordinator, Rachel, contributes her journey to survivorship care, emphasizing the need to educate AYAs about survivorship care!

Study supports need for Survivorship Care

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As a member of the AYA Community, you are aware of the importance of comprehensive follow-up care, provided by survivorship specialist; Individuals with a history of cancer may have long-term and/or late-effects from treatment. However, survivorship, a distinct phase of care on the cancer continuum is generally overlooked. A recently published study which sought to evaluate AYAs long-term risk of hospitalization titled, Long-term risk of hospitalization for somatic diseases in survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer is helping put a spotlight on the need for survivorship care

Defining Survivorship

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Seasons of Survival Dr. Fitzhugh Mullan is generally credited with bringing awareness of the concept of survivorship to the public’s attention.  In 1975, at the age of 32, Dr. Mullan became a cancer patient as well as a physician.  He … Continued

Impact of Relationship Status

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Many survivors diagnosed with cancer as an adult have expressed developing a negative body image and sexual dissatisfaction. Studies which have included adult survivors of childhood cancers have been limited with mixed results; some finding worse, comparable or more positive body image than individuals without a history of cancer. A recently published study titled Body issues, sexual satisfaction, and relationship status satisfaction in long-term childhood cancer survivors and health controls sought to investigate this topic further.

QOL & AYAs

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Impact of AYA cancer on Quality of Life (QOL) The effect of cancer on an individual’s quality of life can continue long after their therapy has ended.  A continued focus on assessing needs and providing resources in survivorship is essential, especially as … Continued

Rehab to improve Quality of Life after Cancer

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A Norwegian study titled Working Toward a Good Life as a Cancer Survivor: A Longitudinal Study on Positive Health Outcomes of a Rehabilitation Program for Young Adult Cancer Survivors is explored is this post. The study highlighted the importance of follow-up care and additional services to build strategies for long-term good health and better quality of life for young adult cancer survivors.

The Milan Youth Project

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A review of an Italian Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program offers tactics used to improve physician-patient communication and tools for helping AYAs cope with a cancer diagnosis.

PTSD & Cancer

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A recently published review found Adolescents & Young Adults (AYA) report experiencing posttraumatic stress symptoms. Learn more about the study findings and how you can find support if you need it!