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Health Behaviour Change Interventions for Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

TeenSmokingby Gemma Pugh & Abigail Fisher, Health Behaviour Research Centre, University College London

 

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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.

 

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Identity: Existing to Inspire

MayaStern2by Maya Stern, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

I was three when I learned how to absorb pain like a bike’s shocks absorb jumps. I was sitting in the phlebotomy lab, clutching my fluffy pink teddy bear. I cringed as the tourniquet pinched my skin. I have always found that part to be more painful than the actual penetration of my skin.

 

“One…Two…”

 

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Confessions of a Wallflower

MarkLewisby Mark Lewis, MD, CKN Social Media Editor

 

(This article was originally published by Critical Mass.)

 

My name is Mark Lewis and I have a confession to make: I arrived late to the party of adolescent/young adult (AYA) oncology, bashfully and in disguise.

 

I am an adult oncologist, meaning that my practice is medically and legally confined to patients 18 years and older. But I am married to a pediatrician, and I understand that cancer, in all its terrible callousness, shows no respect for age; it can burst forth in the blood of an infant just as catastrophically as it can in the bones of that child’s great-grandfather.

 

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Balancing Your Life to the Fullest

MayaStern2by Maya Stern, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

One of the biggest internal struggles that I face on a daily basis is: how do I live my life to its fullest, and maintain my health and energy so that I don’t make myself sick?

 

Because of the trauma my body has incurred and the medications that suppress my immune system, my energy can be consumed much more quickly from simple tasks. And because there have been many times when the ability to pursue my dreams was taken away from me, I feel like I have to take advantage of every wakeful moment so I can experience as much as I can. Often these things come in direct opposition to each other.

 

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The Benefits of Social Media for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer

clarissashilstraby Clarissa Schilstra, Living with Cancer, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

Social media is an invaluable resource for any teenage or young adult cancer patient or survivor.  While many of us are attached to our screens these days, it’s not always clear how we can best use those apps and sites we so often look at in a way that is beneficial to us as patients/survivors.  As I have found through my own experiences, social media can be used to help overcome isolation, find support, find resources, learn about your illness, share your experiences, make a difference in the lives of others going through similar experiences, and raise awareness about the impact cancer has on a young person’s life.

 

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