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Robert Preidt - August 2017
After surveying 215 cancer survivors between the ages of 14 and 29 on their social functioning 12 and 24 months after a cancer diagnosis, researchers found that 1 in 3 reported low social functioning throughout the study period. Results showed that many difficulties stem from the transition from treatment to "off treatment survivorship". Challenges included the negative impact of a diagnosis on finances, body image, work place, and relationships.
According to the study's co-author, social work professor at University of Michigan Brad Zebrack, survivors between these ages are "likely the ones most in need of help in managing work, school and potentially problematic relationships with family members and friends."
The study suggests the need for support programs that are more age appropriate and targeted.
For more on the study's findings, click here.
Original source: health.usnews.com