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Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer

If Treatment Isn’t Working

Treatment Not Working
Sometimes cancer no longer responds to treatment. While this news may be overwhelming and seem impossible to accept at first, there are things you, and the people who love you, can do. Figuring out what is within and outside of your control can help. Talk with your medical team and your family as you learn about places (such as hospitals, home-care, and hospice) where high quality care is given. This will help you to make the best choice for you.

Some people with advanced cancer live much longer than expected. Many choose to make this a time of personal growth and second chances. Others gain strength and peace from their spiritual beliefs. Young people with cancer often choose to make the most of each day, living fully in the moment – and incredibly, empowering those around them to do the same. There are resources to help you and your family with the emotional and medical journey ahead.

On this page:
Resources for Patients and Caregivers
Resources For Providers

Resources for Patients and Caregivers

  • Coping with Advanced Cancer
    Covers the choices for care and symptom control for the patient with late-stage cancer, along with the emotional and communication issues it brings.
  • When Someone You Love Has Advanced Cancer: Support for Caregivers
    Covers coping strategies and communication tips to address the concerns that cancer caregivers face when their loved one has been told that he or she has advanced cancer.
  • Advance Directives
    A fact sheet about advance directives, which are legal documents that allow people to communicate their decisions about medical care to family, friends, and health care professionals in the event that they are unable to make those decisions themselves.
  • End-of-Life Care for People Who Have Cancer
    A fact sheet that answers some of the questions patients, their family members, and caregivers may have about the end of life.
  • Hospice Care
    A fact sheet about hospice care, including insurance coverage.
  • Last Days of Life (PDQ®)
    [ patient ] [ health professional ]
    Expert-reviewed information summary about care during the last days to last hours of life, including common symptoms, ethical dilemmas that may arise, and the role of the oncologist in caring for patients and their families during this time.

Resources for Providers

  • EPEC™-O Self-Study
    EPEC-O (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology) and EPEC-O with African American Cultural Considerations are free comprehensive multimedia curricula for health professionals caring for persons with cancer. The curricula is available as an online Self-Study Section and as a CD-ROM you can order.