Tips for Young Adults Navigating the Challenges of Cancer
by Phoebe Souza, LCSW, and Karen Fasciano, PsyD
While cancer disrupts life at any age, for young adults, the disruption often occurs while you are still establishing a sense of personal identity and making crucial decisions regarding your education, career, and relationships. Before your diagnosis, you were probably making plans for the future, feeling in control, and exploring your newfound independence. However, the emotional burden of cancer may have left you feeling isolated from your peers, vulnerable, dependent, and uncertain about what comes next.
Facing the Challenges of Cancer as a Young Adult
by Helen L. Coons, PhD, ABPP, and Johnathan B. Sataloff
Here you are, 18 to 24 years old. You were in college, graduate school, or your first job and enjoying your independence when cancer hit. Now you’re back at home with your parents, dealing with all the things that accompany a cancer diagnosis. You’re probably feeling out of touch with your goals and struggling to relate to your friends. The following suggestions might help you handle this difficult transition and make the most of your time in treatment.
Expressive Writing Exercises for Children with Cancer
by Nancy Morgan, MA
Children with cancer often must forego their favorite activities to meet the demands of doctor appointments and treatment. A lot of the fun of being a kid is put on hold, and that can produce strong feelings that need to be addressed. Expressive writing – recording thoughts and feelings about cancer or other personal issues – can be an accessible and inexpensive emotional outlet for children.
New "Re-Mission 2" Games Help Fight Cancer
Re-Mission 2, a collection of free online games launched by HopeLab, harnesses the power and appeal of casual games to help young people with cancer fight their disease. Combining research on the neuroscience of interactive video game play with the fun and accessibility of casual games. The new games apply insights from a brain-imaging study published in 2012 by HopeLab and Stanford University researchers showing that Re-Mission, a video game about killing cancer in the body, strongly activates brain circuits involved in positive motivation.
New NCCN Guidelines for Patients® Available for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has published NCCN Guidelines for Patients®: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA), a patient-friendly translation of the NCCN Clinical Guidelines focused on people diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.
You’ve Beaten Childhood Cancer
by Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie, MSN, PNP, FAAN,
and Kathy Ruccione, RN, MPH, CPON, FAAN
Every year, on the first Sunday in June, treatment centers across the country organize special events for National Cancer Survivors Day® with games, entertainment, and refreshments. Survivors of childhood cancer certainly have much to celebrate. The combined five-year survival for childhood cancers has improved from less than 50 percent before the 1970s to 80 percent today. Treatment for childhood cancer is one of the miracles of modern medicine.
Updated Resources for Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer
A diagnosis of cancer in your teens, 20s, or 30s comes at a time when you least expect to be worrying about your health. While it may seem like most cancer programs are aimed either toward young children or toward older adults, there are tons of incredible resources and support services out there with programs just for adolescents and young adults (AYAs).
Childhood Cancer Survivors’ Exposure to Chemotherapy or Radiation Does Not Increase Risk of Birth Defects in their Children
A study shows that children of childhood cancer survivors who received prior treatment involving radiation to testes or ovaries and/or chemotherapy with alkylating agents do not have an increased risk for birth defects compared to children of survivors who did not have such cancer treatment.