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AYA cancer survivors have more severe depression and anxiety than non-cancer survivors? Gee, remarkable findings. You mean that after living with short, long-term and late stage side effects AYA cancer survivors get anxious and/or depressed?
I have lived with a variety of long-term and late stage side effects from my own cancer treatments in 1995. The key difference between myself and AYA cancer survivors is that I was originally diagnosed in early 1994. Meaning I’ve lived with
and more- during the decades in my life long after I worried about my body image, how often I urinated, etc. Though I was young as cancer survivors go, I was not an adolescent or young adult.
I copied the link below because it was on the original study linked below. Infertility is an issue that may be on the minds of your average AYA cancer survivor.
The devil’s bargain that conventional oncology has struck with pediatric and AYA cancers is laudable to some extent. Oncology figured out that by giving the patients aggressive, high doses of chemotherapy and radiation, they could increase the five year survival rate to more than 85% of all patients.
Unfortunately, that aggressive, toxic therapy causes a host of health problems for the rest of the cancer survivor’s life.
And I have to be honest and admit that if my son had been diagnosed with some form of cancer when he was young, I too would have accepted this bargain. At the same time, I also have to admit that I live with many of the long-term and late stage side effects listed above.
What I refer to as mind-body therapies. Multiple myeloma is the blood cancer that I have. But the mind-body therapies are universal and can help survivors of all cancers. Scroll down the page to see a long list of links to posts about mind-body therapies.
Are you a pediatric or AYA cancer survivor? Do you suffer from depression or anxiety? Let me know-
“Patients who have cancer as an adolescent or young adult (AYA) may have poor mental health years after diagnosis, according to a study published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum.
Researchers found that AYA cancer survivors had more severe depression and anxiety than patients without a history of cancer.
Though increasing time from diagnosis reduced the likelihood of mental health problems, the cancer survivors still had a higher risk of mental health problems than the control group…
This study included data from 639 patients who were diagnosed with cancer as AYAs (ages 15-39) and 29,793 control individuals without a history of cancer. The cancer survivors had a weighted average of 20.5 years since their diagnosis…
“[O]ur findings of excess anxiety and depression in AYA cancer survivors … decades after a cancer diagnosis call out the need for more investigation of this issue in this at-risk population,” the researchers wrote. “Future research should work to improve adherence to mental health screening and how best to intervene to ensure adequate care for all survivors of AYA cancer.””
Baclig NV, Comulada WS, Ganz PA. Mental health and care utilization in survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer. JNCI Cancer Spectrum. Published online November 20, 2023. doi:10.1093/jncics/pkad098