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Fam Community Health. 2008 Jan-Mar;31 Suppl 1:S61-70. doi: 10.1097/

Promoting healthy development among survivors of adolescent cancer.

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The Institute for Grief, Loss, and Family Survival, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, 1 University St, D3500, Austin, TX 78712, USA.


Cancer-surviving adolescents face significant health challenges including both physical and psychological late effects as they transition to young adulthood. A cancer diagnosis during adolescence, a time of social independence and increased personal decision making, can cause significant social and emotional struggles that may impair the ability of the adolescent to make health-promoting decisions and avoid risky behaviors such as substance use. This article reports on the little studied experiences of adolescents who have survived cancer with a focus on developing programs and policies that address their health-promotion needs in both community and survivorship clinics.

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