The adolescent/young adult experience

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Adolescents and young adults with cancer (AYA) have strikingly poorer outcomes when compared to younger or older patients. Contributing reasons include low rates of enrollment in clinical trials and the " invisibility" of the AYA perspectives in research reports. We recommend a shift in research perspectives away from function-based studies that focus on morbidity and mortality outcomes to meaning-based models that will very likely rely upon qualitative methods and findings as the basis for developing psychosocial interventions that are sensitive to the AYA cancer experience. In addition, research on positive health concepts such as hope, spirituality, and positive coping are recommended as a way to learn about the effective strategies used by AYA to adjust to the cancer experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-149
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2004


  • Adolescents/young adults
  • Cancer
  • Positive health coping
  • Psychosocial adjustment
  • Symptom distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Nursing(all)

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