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Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Coping and Support

Coping and Support

 

Coping
Cancer can make a person feel isolated from their friends and family, who may not understand what they’re going through. Young adults may fear losing independence and needing to rely on others. Dealing with physical side effects during cancer can also be a challenge. See how others have coped with emotional and physical changes. There is also information to help family and friends. 

On this page:
Emotional Support
Physical Side Effects of Treatment
Support for Family and Friends
Videos from Young Adults
If Cancer Returns

Emotional Support

  • AYAs Are Not Alone: Confronting Psychosocial Challenges of Cancer
    Adolescents and young adults with cancer have unique and specific psychosocial needs. Getting support to meet those needs is critical for enabling AYAs to adapt and cope as they navigate the course of their illness and beyond.
  • Taking Time: Support for People with Cancer
    Information that addresses the feelings and concerns of people with cancer and their families.
  • Adjustment to Cancer: Anxiety and Distress (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the difficult emotional responses many cancer patients experience. This summary focuses on normal adjustment issues, psychosocial distress, and adjustment disorders.
  • Communication in Cancer Care (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about communicating with the cancer patient and his or her family, including unique aspects of communication with cancer patients, factors affecting communication, and training in communication skills.
  • Depression (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of depression in adults and children who have cancer.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about post-traumatic stress disorder in cancer patients, cancer survivors, and their family members. Assessment and treatment of this disorder are discussed.
  • Psychological Stress and Cancer
    A fact sheet that describes the effects of stress on the body, the results of research on the relationship between stress and cancer, and information about coping with stress.
  • Spirituality in Cancer Care (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about the influence of spirituality and religion on individuals who have cancer. Various approaches for management and intervention are discussed.

Physical Side Effects of Treatment

Support for Family and Friends

Videos from Young Adults

  • LIVESTRONG: A Podcast Series for Young Adults with Cancer
    Hear firsthand from other adolescent and young adult cancer survivors as they share their experiences and advice about a wide variety of cancer-related issues and concerns, such as body changes, medical expenses, and fear of recurrence.
  • Hope Lab: Digital Storytelling
    Young cancer survivors share their experiences to help others. Learn how these young people dealt with a cancer diagnosis, managed treatment side effects, and how it changed their life views.

If Cancer Returns

  • When Cancer Returns
    Information regarding cancer recurrence, communicating with your health care team as well as your family and friends, managing side effects, and coping issues.