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J Cancer Educ. 2010 Dec;25(4):530-7. doi: 10.1007/s13187-010-0077-y.

Evaluation of a survivorship educational program for adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226, USA.


Educational programs to address specific needs of adolescent and young adult (AYA) childhood cancer survivors are scarce. A quarterly speaker series and 1-day conference involved presentations by oncology experts to increase knowledge of AYA cancer survivorship issues and awareness of community programs and resources. Pre- and post-evaluations were administered to determine the program's efficacy. Most rated program satisfaction as "moderately high" to "high" and having met expectations. Self-report ratings indicated a significant increase in perceived knowledge of survivorship topics and resource awareness for AYA childhood cancer survivors and caregivers. Nearly one third attended more than one presentation, indicating that the educational program was beneficial to them. This program was effective in increasing self-reported survivorship education for AYA survivors of childhood cancer, families, and health care providers.

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