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Getting cancer can be particularly difficult for young adults – classified by the National Cancer Institute as ages 15 to 39. Because the disease is relatively rare in this age group, these younger patients may find themselves isolated – too old to fit easily into childhood cancer programs, and too young to find peers in adult clinics (most people diagnosed with cancer are 55 or older).
But the outlook is getting brighter.
Doctors and researchers are working on finding solutions to the unique challenges faced by the estimated 72,000 adolescents and young adults annually diagnosed with cancer.
On March 29, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will host its annual Young Adult Cancer Conference, a one-day event for young adult patients. The conference is open to all young adults — not just those treated at Dana-Farber.
Karen Fasciano, PsyD, clinical psychologist and director of the Young Adult Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC), offers some tips for young adult patients.
Posted on March 31, 2014
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