Addressing Mental Health Needs of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

March 11, 2021
Brielle Gregory Collins, ASCO staff

This podcast is based on a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, “Incidence and Predictors of Mental Health Outcomes Among Survivors of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer: A Population-Based Study Using the IMPACT Cohort. The study was published on January 25, 2021.

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors are at an increased risk for experiencing mental health issues after cancer. Yet many AYA cancer survivors might not receive the critical mental health support they need during their survivorship care.

In this podcast, Lidia Schapira, MD, FASCO, and Daniel Mulrooney, MD, MS, discuss a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology that looked at mental health outcomes for AYA cancer survivors and talk about how young survivors can get the mental health support they need after cancer.

  • An overview of the study [2:02].

  • What are common challenges and concerns for AYA survivors following cancer treatment? [8:40]

  • How can the health care team better address mental health issues in AYA cancer survivors? [10:10]

  • How can AYA cancer survivors get the mental health support they need? [14:06]

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted mental health in AYA cancer survivors? [16:40]

  • What resources are available to AYA cancer survivors to learn more about this topic? [18:41]

Dr. Lidia Schapira is Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of Cancer Survivorship at the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Institute. She is also the Cancer.Net Editor in Chief. Dr. Daniel Mulrooney is an Associate Member in the Division of Cancer Survivorship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He is also the Cancer.Net Associate Editor for Pediatric Cancers. Disclosure information for this podcast’s speakers can be found in their individual biographies, which are linked to above.

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