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Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

Workshop Summary

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Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-29441-6ISBN-10: 0-309-29441-X

Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer is the summary of a workshop convened by the Institute of Medicine's National Cancer Policy Forum in July 2013 to facilitate discussion about gaps and challenges in caring for adolescent and young adult cancer patients and potential strategies and actions to improve the quality of their care. The workshop featured invited presentations from clinicians and other advocates working to improve the care and outcomes for the adolescent and young adult population with cancer.

Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in adolescents and young adults. Each year nearly 70,000 people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer, approximately 8 times more than children under age 15. This population faces a variety of unique short- and long-term health and psychosocial issues, such as difficulty reentering school, the workforce, or the dating scene; problems with infertility; cardiac, pulmonary, or other treatment repercussions; and secondary malignancies. Survivors are also at increased risk for psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide and may have difficulty acquiring health insurance and paying for needed care. Identifying and Addressing the Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer discusses a variety of topics important to adolescent and young adult patients with cancer, including the ways in which cancers affecting this group differ from cancers in other age groups and what that implies about the best treatments for these cancer patients. This report identifies gaps and challenges in providing optimal care to adolescent and young adult patients with cancer and to discuss potential strategies and actions to address them.


Rapporteurs: Sharyl J. Nass and Margie Patlak.

This project was co-sponsored by the National Cancer Policy Forum and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, with support from Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance. The National Cancer Policy Forum is supported by Contract Nos. HHSN261200900003C and 200-2011-38807 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, respectively, and by the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Cancer Society, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Association of American Cancer Institutes, Bristol-Myers Squibb, C-Change, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer, GlaxoSmithKline, the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Novartis Oncology, the Oncology Nursing Society, and Sanofi Oncology. The views presented in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the activity.

Suggested citation:

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2013. Identifying and addressing the needs of adolescents and young adults with cancer: Workshop summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

NOTICE: The workshop that is the subject of this workshop summary was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Copyright 2013 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Bookshelf ID: NBK179879PMID: 24479202DOI: 10.17226/18547


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