Focus on Childhood and
Young Adult Cancers
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.
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.
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.