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Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer have often been described as a medically underserved population, falling through the gap between pediatric and adult oncology. As AYAs transition from childhood or adulthood the normal concerns they may have – development of body image, dating, separating from parents, career and education decisions – are compounded when they are faced with cancer. AYA cancer patients may face issues such as infertility, loss of employment/breaks in education due to treatment, increased dependence on parents, and other health concerns that may be exceptionally difficult for this group to cope with.

Source: Zebrack B, Hamilton R, Smith A. Psychosocial Outcomes and Service Use Among Young Adults With Cancer. Semin Oncol. 2009; 36:468-477.

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Fertility Preservation for AYA Cancers - For Men 15-39, frequent cause of impaired fertility is chemotherapy or radiation damage to sperm. Female survivors may be impaired by treatment that damages immature eggs, affects hormonal balance, or injures reproductive organs. Fertility guidelines: http://www.cancer.gov/ncicancerbulletin/011111/page5

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