According to the National Cancer Institute, about 69,212 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) were diagnosed with cancer in 2011 – this is 6 times the number of cases diagnosed in kids who are 0-14 years old (National Cancer Institute, 2014). This makes it kind of obvious that it’s important to have cancer centers dedicated to providing quality care that meets the range of specific needs of AYA patients.
by Gemma Pugh & Abigail Fisher, Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London
As cancer survival rates continually improve there is a growing number of young people living with and beyond a cancer diagnosis. However, teenage and young adult (TYA) aged cancer survivors face a number of potential health problems as a result of their original cancer diagnosis and treatment. These health problems such as cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and endocrine dysfunction pose a significant burden to survivors throughout their life-course. There is emerging evidence that healthy lifestyle choices may prevent or delay the onset of such chronic disease problems, and improve the wellbeing and quality of life of young people with cancer.