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Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors: Development of an Interprofessional Survivorship Clinic

Donna Colabroy

survivorship, adolescents, young adults, psychosocial, disease effects, quality of life
CJON 2021, 25(2), 133-136. DOI: 10.1188/21.CJON.133-136

Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors experience unique needs and challenges, including the long-term risk of adverse treatment and disease effects. In addition, consequences of the cancer experience may profoundly affect their quality of life. This article describes the development of an interprofessional survivorship clinic established to meet the unique needs of AYA cancer survivors aged 18–39 years.


  • AYA cancer survivors require long-term follow-up care because of adverse treatment and disease effects.
  • Post-treatment physical, mental, emotional, financial, and social challenges can negatively affect the quality of life of AYA cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship programs designed specifically for AYA cancer survivors should account for the unique needs and challenges of this population.
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