Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer have Unique Mental Health Needs


Adolescents and young adults, known as AYA’s are defined by the National Cancer Institute as those diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 to 39 years old. This population is at a unique stage in their emotional, cognitive, and social development, which a cancer diagnosis often disrupts. Karen Long-Traynor, PhD, clinical psychologist in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, calls attention to the unique psychosocial needs of this population. Read More