Assistant Professor Christabel Cheung, PhD, and colleagues developed an updated chapter, “Adolescent and Young Adult Patients,” in the Oxford Textbook on Psycho-Oncology 4th edition.
The authors first define and summarize trends in the epidemiology, etiology, and prognosis of adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients diagnosed with cancer between ages 15-39 years. Second, they describe prominent AYA developmental characteristics. Third, they characterize the context in which AYAs experience a cancer diagnosis and its care. Fourth and finally, the authors discuss prevalent psychosocial developmental challenges for AYA cancer patients, including key clinical issues unique to this age-defined population, and what we see as constituting reasonable recommendations for assessment, information, and intervention in psycho-oncology care to promote their health and well-being.