Several national reports and many individuals in the clinical oncology community have defined the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer population as individuals diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 39. However, neuroscience and developmental research have identified important decision-making skills (e.g., information processing, reasoning, emotion regulation) that are not fully developed during adolescence, making general, AYA-focused doctor–patient interaction guidelines potentially questionable for the adolescent cancer population.

Authors: Elizabeth J. Siembida, and Keith M. Bellizzi

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