Recent improvements in the treatment of adolescents and young adults with cancer have resulted in a large number of long-term survivors. However, few studies have been conducted that exclusively involve survivors diagnosed during adolescence. The purpose of this study is to better understand how a cancer diagnosis during adolescence or young adulthood affects a person¿s identity development and his or her needs as a survivor.
The design of the study is twofold: first, subjects will participate in individual interviews or focus groups centered on issues of identity development, peer and family relationships, and psychosocial concerns. Second, findings from this qualitative assessment will be used to conduct telephone surveys about participants¿ health and quality of life.
Researchers hope that information about the unique needs and cancer experiences of the young adult population will help healthcare professionals provide better care to future adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.