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Coccia P.F.,Eppley Cancer Center | Altman J.,Northwestern University | Bhatia S.,City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center | Borinstein S.C.,Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center | And 18 more authors.
JNCCN Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network | Year: 2012

Cancer is the leading cause of death among the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population, excluding homicide, suicide, or unintentional injury. AYA patients should be managed by a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals who are well-versed in the specific developmental issues relevant to this patient population. The recommendations for age-appropriate care outlined in these NCCN Guidelines include psychosocial assessment, a discussion of infertility risks associated with treatment and options for fertility preservation, genetic and familial risk assessment for all patients after diagnosis, screening and monitoring of late effects in AYA cancer survivors after successful completion of therapy, and palliative care and end-of-life considerations for patients for whom curative therapy fails. © JNCCN - Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

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