by B. Miedema , MA PhD , J. Easley , MA , L.M. Robinson , PhD
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We interviewed 53 young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 18 and 39 years old across Canada. The intent of the interview study was to ask them about their cancer follow-up care experiences and to assess if the current young adult cancer care system meets the needs of this cancer population. We learned that the health care system does not adequately recognize the unique needs of this group of cancer patients. Young cancer survivors have different needs than the large older cancer populations and they may lack care advocates, such as parents, in the case of children with cancer. In addition, young adults have a sense of invincibility, therefore a cancer diagnosis has a tremendous impact on their sense of world order, future plans and peer relationships.
by Timothy Buckland
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Lost in transition — Reprinted from, CMAJ November 8, 2011; 183(16): 1940 by permission of the publisher. © 2011 Canadian Medical Association
From a patient’s perspective, cancer is not only a physical illness. The emotional toll incurred upon diagnosis can be equally devastating but is often overlooked. As a cancer survivor, I know that for young adults this emotional hardship could not come at a worse time. Young adults’ lives are inherently transitional as we move from the security of adolescence to the independent development of careers and families. This rapid development and the accompanying fast-paced lifestyle are stalled by the diagnosis of cancer, creating great discordance.