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When Your Child Has Cancer

by Michele Pierce

You wake up. You only have a second before reality punches you in the gut. The tears begin to fall. Soon they are streaming down your face. But you fight them off. You must be strong. You tell yourself that everything will be OK.

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Parent to Parent

by Ellie Ewoldt

Just because your child is in a hospital, that doesn’t mean they stop being a child.

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Balancing Cancer and Your Career as a Young Adult

by Rebecca V. Nellis, MPP

No matter your age at diag­nosis, you’ll likely feel the impact of cancer in every corner of your life. However, for young adults, cancer poses unique challenges, especially when it comes to employment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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