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Cancer in children -- Psychological aspects, Cancer in adolescence -- Psychological aspects, Cancer -- Patients -- Services for, Clinical trials -- United States -- Evaluation
The treatment of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology patients requires a comprehensive understanding of the psychological and social complexity of this group. Psychosocial support is often coupled with clinical treatment, but there are still unmet needs within this population regarding relevant information, mental health counseling, practical resources, and others. A significant gap in available clinical trials and participation in clinical trials has prevented progress in clinical treatment of Adolescent and Young Adults with cancer. A review of pertinent literature on psychosocial needs and oncology clinical trials was conducted in order to examine any relationship between unmet needs and clinical trial participation. Adolescent and Young Adults with cancer who have symptoms of unmet psychosocial needs experience a lower participation rate of clinical trials. This suggests that an increase in available psychosocial resources and delivery of these resources to patients will increase clinical trial participation, furthering the clinical treatment capabilities of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncologists and increasing survival rates.
Jensen, Katherine, "The Impact of Psychosocial Needs of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients: An Analysis of Clinical Trial Participation and Adherence" (2014). University Honors Theses. Paper 60.