<p>Worldwide, more than 1.2 million adolescents and young adults (AYAs; those aged 15–39 years) are diagnosed with cancer each year. Although considerable variability exists according to cancer site and stage of disease, the 5-year relative survival at the time of diagnosis has been estimated at &gt;80% for all AYA patients with cancer combined. Extensive survivorship research in recent decades has focused on patients diagnosed with cancer as children (&lt;15 years) and older adults (&gt;39 years), yet few studies to date have reported outcomes specifically for patients diagnosed as AYAs. With increasing incidence and improving survival for many tumor types, leading to the majority of AYA patients with cancer becoming long-term survivors, there is a critical need for research efforts to inform the survivorship care of this growing population. This article describes the population of AYA cancer survivors according to their epidemiology and late and long-term effects, the challenges and models of AYA survivorship care, as well as future opportunities for research and healthcare.</p>

doi.org/10.3390/cancers13194847, hdl.handle.net/1765/136846
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Silvie H.M. Janssen, W.T.A. (Winette) van der Graaf, D.J. (Daan) van der Meer, Eveliene Manten-Horst, & O. (Olga) Husson. (2021). Adolescent and young adult (Aya) cancer survivorship practices. Cancers (Vol. 13). doi:10.3390/cancers13194847