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

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Correspondence to: Karim Thomas Sadak, University of Minnesota, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 420 Delaware St. SE, Mayo Building, MMC 484, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

E-mail: ktsadak@umn.edu

Abstract

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.

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