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Education and health promotion in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors



The increasing numbers of long-term adolescent and young adult cancer survivors and their well-established risk of cancer-related morbidity strongly support the need for effective health promotion programs that motivate and sustain positive lifestyle changes. To date, the priority of these initiatives has been relatively low as only a handful of studies have been organized that prospectively evaluate lifestyle interventions and health education curricula with these aims. To effectively integrate lifestyle interventions into pediatric oncology care, prioritization and funding of health promotion research efforts must be comparable to that of disease control in frontline cancer trials. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2008:50:1105–1108. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.