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Assessing and optimizing health-related quality of life during and after cancer treatment in adolescents and young adults

Authors Szalda D, Kim E, Ginsberg JP

Received 5 September 2014

Accepted for publication 15 October 2014

Published 12 December 2014 Volume 2014:4 Pages 33—40

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COAYA.S52784

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Mark Kieran

Dava Szalda,1 Esther Kim,2 Jill P Ginsberg1,2

1Division of Oncology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Abstract: Adolescent and young adults (AYAs) with cancer have needs unique from their pediatric or adult counterparts at diagnosis, during treatment, and throughout survivorship care. Healthcare teams may find it difficult to assess and manage the complex psychosocial needs of AYA patients, however, attention to the multi-faceted care of the AYA oncology patient may directly affect health outcomes and quality of life. Comprehensive AYA care therefore must be maximized during treatment and in transition to survivorship care by including assessments of general health, sexual health, mental health, health behaviors, and conversations concerning transition to survivorship and adulthood with AYA patients. Identifying and treating issues that arise in the AYA population may help promote adherence to treatment, engagement in follow-up care, and ultimately quality of life for this unique group of patients.

Keywords: quality of life, sexual health, health behaviors, mental health, transition, survivorship

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