Cancer survival rates for adolescents and young adults (AYA) have not improved over time relative to children or adults older than 39 years of age. Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on the control of symptoms and relief of suffering with the goal of improving quality of life for the patient and his or her family. To date, the integration of palliative care in AYA patients with cancer remains suboptimal.

Authors: Kristine A. Donovan, Dianne Knight, and Gwendolyn P. Quinn

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