Teenagers and Young Adults Require a Different Approach to Supportive Care

Young Adult Cancer Patient

Teenagers and Young Adults Require a Different Approach to Supportive Care

This story about a young adult with cancer in the New York Times illustrates some of the unique challenges and considerations for treating cancer and providing supportive care for teenagers and young adults with cancer. Recognizing this unique population, The Coleman Foundation funded a new initiative under the Supportive Oncology Collaborative to create practice models, screening tools, follow up documents and resources specific to the needs of this population. We will publish these new resources on this website as they become available.

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“My patient was brought to the emergency room by his friend because he could no longer catch his breath and had a cough that wouldn’t extinguish. He lived with three other young men, all in their early 20s, in a small house located in what many of us considered the no-man’s land between Cleveland and Buffalo, the four of them suspended between spending some time in a community college and finding work that they might one day call a career.” read more