Cancer's lost generation

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A lot of the work our Research team do is based on better understanding what it’s like to be a young person with cancer, including the sometimes elusive idea of friendship and connection. How do we measure that? What value do we get from it? And how do adolescents and young adults feel about their cancer experience and how this can change how they connect to each other? In a recent paper published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, we took a deep dive into ‘Being a teenager and cancer patient: What do adolescents and young adults with cancer find valuable and challenging with their friends and cancer peers?’. The paper notes that this group is sometimes called ‘cancer’s lost generation’, because even through cancer survival rates for those aged 12-25 are improving, the short- and long-term impact of cancer touches every part of a young person’s life, including the physical, psychological, financial and social worlds. And this experience can stay with them forever. To read more, check out this link: https://www.canteen.org.au/about-us/news-and-media/opinion-pieces-blogs-videos/cancers-lost-generation/