Innovative educational approaches to engage and empower the adolescent and young adult childhood cancer survivor


  • Karim Thomas Sadak MD, MPH, MSE,

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    1. University of Minnesota, Amplatz Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    2. Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Correspondence to: Karim Thomas Sadak, University of Minnesota, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 420 Delaware St. SE, Mayo Building, MMC 484, Minneapolis, MN 55455.


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  • Constance Connor MSW, LCSW,

    1. Life with Cancer, Inova Cancer Services/Inova Health System, Falls Church, Virginia
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  • Holly DeLuca MSN, PNP-BC

    1. Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia
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There is a long history of challenges when delivering care to adolescents and young adults (AYA) with chronic healthcare needs. For the AYA survivor of childhood cancer, these challenges may include complex medical care, a multitude of psychosocial issues and systemic barriers to care. Educating this population is critical as they assume age-appropriate responsibility for their health and become active partners in their survivorship care. We present our regional experience with educational programming directed to AYA survivors of childhood cancer featuring an innovative approach to engaging and empowering this population. Pediatr Blood Cancer 2013;60:1919–1921. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.