Young adultCancer 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 the need to rely on others. Dealing with physical side effects during cancer can also be a challenge. Getting support to help cope with emotional and physical changes is essential.

Feeling alone and lonely is common for adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients and survivors, and this isolation can be physical as well as emotional. Because cancer is relatively rare in teens and young adults, they may encounter few if any other patients their age in hospitals and doctor's offices. Moreover, treatment may require hospitalization, sometimes far from home.

Below are some resources for young adults with cancer

Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer by National Cancer Institute »
Cancer in Young Adults by American Cancer Society »

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